October 2007

I just finished my last post and took one more look at the Aptera web site where I found some major changes for the better! Go check it out now! That I where I am at!


Vertigo. It is a word you do not appreciate the meaning of until you have actually experienced it. The spinning of your head is such that you feel as though you are five hundred feet off the ground and trying to stand on a one square foot square without falling off. Dealing with it on a daily basis is difficult if all you have to do is stay home. Unfortunately, I have to work. I am fighting the Vertigo everyday so I can get a paycheck. I had three head spinning episodes before sitting down to write this. I just wanted all of you to know that I am still committed to the process of finding out how difficult it is to get a car like the Aptera and I will report on my findings as I get them. Two weeks of Vertigo has had one advantage though. I got to sit down to watch a movie this last weekend. The movie is titled, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” It is the story of the General Motors experimental electric car that many regular people like us loved, and how everyone in business and government that stood to loose money if it succeeded hated it. The car was very far ahead of its time and threatened the wallets of too many fat cats. This film is a must see, but be warned, it is not a happy film by any means. To me it shows how a lot of people like us fell in love with a vehicle that was so right and then had it ripped out of their hands. It was very depressing for me because I could easily relate to those people. Right now in this time frame we are all waiting for the Aptera to become reality. I believe in the car and I hope you all do too. But what I am afraid of with what little information I have got already about how my insurance company doesn’t recognize it because it doesn’t fall within their criteria of any sort of vehicle on the road that there will be many other road blocks (no pun intended). I feel too few people know about the Aptera right now so I am asking all of you to do something simple; e-mail your friends and family with the link to the Aptera web site. Help stir interest and also suggest that they watch the movie Who Killed the Electric Car?. If enough word about this car gets out, we may just save it from the fate the Tucker suffered.

Sorry for so many delays. I Haven’t been feeling well for over a week now because I have been suffering from vertigo due to a middle ear infection. I stood up last night to get the telephone and ended up on the floor on my back with the world spinning around my head. The same thing happened today when I went to work. I was walking and lightly tripped over the toe of a coworker and landed hard. As a result, I haven’t had the opportunity to make my lunch hour research calls on insurance and bank loans because I have just been eating and trying to keep my head from flying off my shoulders. Opening my e-mail I received a notice that there was a comment waiting for moderation. Upon reading it I realized that it was some of the most fantastic news on the Aptera yet… The news? It’s in the news! Not just some fan boy site like this one, but on the television for less informed people to see! All thanks to DAK! I don’t know you but right now you are my hero for bring attention to this video. I will be adding it to the top of the list of URLs on the right side of the page all of you can find it more easily. I hope to get back to researching this more soon so stay tuned.

Well folks, I got the word from my insurance agent today who said that they would NOT at this time insure an Aptura for me if I were to purchase one. The reason? According to their current standards, it is neither a car nor a motorcycle. This standard states, if I understand correctly, that a car has four wheels and a motorcycle is not enclosed by an outer shell. My agent was very apologetic and said that they ARE looking into the possibility of covering such vehicles in the future, just not now. It may be too early in the game for many insurance companies to consider coverage of any hybrid vehicle that is as exotic as the Aptera, but at least they are not saying no either. One thing my agent said was that it is possible that the people at Aptera have already looked into this problem and may offer their own insurance. Or, they are working on a deal with some smaller insurance company to offer coverage on the Aptera. Granted this is all hopeful thinking on the part of this fan boy, but surely Mr. Fambro has already thought this through and has some sort of plan. Do you Mr. Fambro? In the event that there is no plan in place, I need your help finding insurance agencies that will cover this vehicle. I live in Ohio and my goal is for this blog to be an information gathering site for all 50 states for how the Aptera is classified by both the insurance companies and the state governments. Any of you who wish to help may do so by contacting your insurance agencies in your home state and asking if they would insure a 3 wheeled vehicle and how they classify it; car or motorcycle? Do the same with your Department of Motor Vehicles and see what their answer is. I will post the results here as they come in.  I will help by saying that any of you out there that have Allstate insurance, don’t bother calling. They are the company I have been speaking of. I hope Allstate doesn’t think I have been unkind in any way. They are my company of choice for standard home and auto; I just wish they were on board for the Aptera.Please post your answers on this issue as soon as possible so we can help get the Aptera on the road. 

Ok, here is a new feature on this site.  Starting today, I will be placing links to articles I find on the web pertaining to the Aptera.  Anytime I find new news about our obsession, I will post the link in the Links box on the right side of my page.  I will also make an announcement when I have added the link so you won’t miss it.  You may notice that the oldest links start at the top of the list. I did this on purpose to give you a chronological progression of the stories as they came out so you can see the car in all of its phases.  You can see that the earliest prototypes were very rough in design in contrast to the car that captured my (our) imagination about a week ago. The final design we see today has come about very quickly since the first showing in March 2007 at the TED conference which speaks to the genius of Mr. Fambro.  You can see that the head lamps were still very small and the wheel suspension was thicker.  Although the car at TED would have been very desirable, the choices made in the redesign were brilliant and makes it even harder to resist.  Although I will be looking for new articles constantly, please send me information of any new links any of you find and I will post them on this blog.  Thank you all! 

Great news! I just spoke to someone at the Ohio BMV and they said that the Aptera in Ohio would be considered a Motorcycle! This is great news for me because I really did not want to put a plate on the front of this car if I can get it.

More news later.

Today was a bad day for me because I didn’t get to do the research on what it is going to take the average man to get an Aptera. However, I have some very exciting new! There is an article that you will find on AutoblogGreen that has great photos and some more information about the Aptera. Autobloggreen.com is new to me but has turned out to be a great resource of information for myself. I would suggest that you check them out often because they will have much better information on the car itself than I will.

Although today was a bust for me, I will try tomorrow to reach the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to see what they have to say. Also, I am compiling a list of questions for Mr. Fambro from myself and from the poor souls who have been brainwashed by Detroit into thinking that cars need to be square and ugly to be safe. Here is a sample question from the nabobs Steve: How will the Aptera do in snow and rain with only 3 wheels?

That is not my personal question, Mr. Fambro because my Uncle Bill once owned an Isetta found here. It had three wheels and it could go through any snow storm Michigan could throw at him. I will try to get some better questions but feel free to answer that one here if you wish.

Bye for now.

Next Page »