Google’s Aptera Schedules October 2009 Release Date

Last summer Google invested $2.75 million into Aptera Motors in an attempt to create a revolutionary, eco-friendly car (see Panda Ju’s post). Fast forward a year and the Aptera 2e, an all-electric car that the company calls an "aerodynamic marvel," has reached pre-production and is scheduled to start being manufactured in October of this year. The fuel efficiency of 300mpg (0.78L/100km), when plugged in every 120 miles (190km), would make it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the world. This means you can drive the three-wheeled vehicle 100 miles on a single charge and then fully recharge the vehicle through a standard outlet (110v) in less than 8 hours. In regard to speed, the Aptera 2e can go from zero to 60 in under 10 seconds, and has a top speed of 90 mph. Right now, California is the only place to buy and drive one. 4,000 people have put down a $500 deposit on the 2e, however deposits are not guaranteed sales. Aptera has yet to put a firm price on the vehicle, but has given a rather wide range of $25,000 to $45,000. The company website indicates the commitment is to build 100,000 units by 2015.

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January 24, 2017

Encouraging Letters Written by Outgoing U.S. Presidents to Incoming Successors

“The critics will rage.” That’s what former President George W. Bush wrote to his successor (then-President-elect) Barack Obama shortly before he took the Oval Office in 2009. Included as a line in a longer note, Bush’s presidential letter is part of a long tradition of presidents writing to those who are replacing them. The parting words transcend party lines and offer advice, camaraderie, and comfort to what will be an inexplicably challenging four (or eight)

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