Government Says Three-Wheeled Electric Car Isn't A Car

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The Aptera 2e, one of the coolest-looking electric cars in the world, is not a car, says the U.S. government.  General Motors, which wants to kill off any electric cars that aren’t the Volt, heartily agrees.

Meanwhile, 4,000 people have ponied up $500 apiece to get a 2e as soon as they roll off the production line.

Why does the government say the 2e isn’t a car?  Because it doesn’t have four wheels. 

Why does the government’s opinion matter?  In this case because Aptera can’t get access to government loans designed to jump-start production of electric cars.  This also explains why General Motors, which has applied for $10 billion in such loans, is so eager to see the 2e squashed.

Stephen Power, WSJ: The vehicle in question is the Aptera 2e, a machine that looks like a cross between a Cessna plane and a tricycle. It’s the brainchild of Aptera Motors Inc., a three-year-old, closely held car company in Vista, Calif.

Aptera wants to borrow $75 million from a Department of Energy program created by Congress in 2007 to speed development of fuel-efficient cars.

Aptera’s backers include some big-money donors to the Democratic Party, and its quest for help has received a boost from a group of mostly California lawmakers who want to help a home-state enterprise. Allies of Detroit’s big auto makers are lined up against them.

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Of course it’s a car.  Just look at the thing.

See Also: The Most Ridiculous-Looking Electric Cars In The World

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