Dav wrote:True, small numbers compared to what's needed.
I wasn't thinking of the x-prize in terms of the award money, however. I think the winner will be in a much better position to get additional venture capital. Um, compared to the losers, that is...
True...probably. But there will be three "winners" which I think is confusing. And the mainstream winner will likely get the most press. Basically whoever of the three winners jumps the hardest and with the most cash and press will be seen as the true winner. The other two will have to fight a bit harder to get the recognition.
And with so many major companies suddenly starting up EV production (Nissan, Ford, Fiat/Chrysler, etc etc..and the Volt), well suddenly it doesn't look like such a bright future to be a small start up. Before there was little to no competition. Now not so much. Would you invest millions on the Aptera? Maybe a couple of years ago when it looked to be the only affordable highway capable multi-passenger EV. Now it will be coming out after Nissan, and maybe after Ford and Th!nk and others. Suddenly it seems like a less likely venture to throw money at.
Can it sell? Sure. Will it sell? I don't know...not in huge numbers. Not when major companies are selling EVs for less and have more seats.