Aptera went bankrupt in the first quarter of 2012.

Pasadena, CA

Aptera is changing the way the world moves with our segment defining vehicles designed around the philosophy of efficiency. We believe efficiency to be both sustainable and relevant to our current and future society, and therefore has incredible market potential. It's because of this that we take hiring the right, brilliant people so seriously.

What do you do when you're stuck in traffic? Some people talk on the phone, engage in elevated verbal communication or practice creative hand gestures. Our co-founder Steve Fambro used the time to drum-up a more efficient way to get from point A to point B.

Frustrated by being land locked in a sea of steel and asphalt, Steve dreamed of cruising past the masses in a vehicle that was safe enough to protect his new family, yet efficient enough to keep money in his pocket instead of feeding a gas pump.

The idea was simple yet brilliant. Design a vehicle that follows nature and glides through the wind instead of pushing it. He was almost there, but there was something missing. The answer came when Steve met entrepreneur and boat builder Chris Anthony. Chris introduced Steve to a composite body system that enabled the vision to take shape.

Together, Steve and Chris carried their dreams to Pasadena, Calif. and the doorsteps of new business incubator Idealab and its founder Bill Gross. Gross saw the vision and seeded the team with the investment needed to make a dream become a business.

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Aptera is one of the GoingGreen 2009 top 100 private companies.

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