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Old 10-23-2008, 10:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The production version of the Aptera Typ-1e (and the Typ-1h) is due to be revealed very soon, and as so far we know that they are adding outside mirrors (to comply with the letter of California laws), though the cameras may still be an option. They are adding rear quarter windows, and part of the lower rear of the door windows are operable. The revised Cd is reported to be 0.15.

They have lowered the whole vehicle by ~4 1/2 inches, and the front wheels are move further back -- these changes will stabilize it, and make it much harder to rollover.

It is also possible that it is now front wheel drive: the element in the middle on the front suspension sure looks like it is a drive shaft:

Here's a comparison of the Mk-1 (below) and the production version (MK-2? above) with the outline of the old overlayed on the new version.

Sincerely, Neil
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