For a long time my favorite electric car has been the Aptera, a teardrop-shaped three-wheeled affair that looks like it came straight out of the Jetsons. Unfortunately, Marian would probably never set foot in one. Plus it’s expensive. So I’ll probably never get one.
But here’s an interesting thing: one of the bonuses of the Aptera’s design is that since it has three wheels, it counts as a motorcycle, which means you can use it in carpool lanes. Hooray! Unfortunately for the Aptera folks, since their car has three wheels it counts as a motorcycle, which means they don’t qualify for federal loans for ultra-efficient vehicles. Boo! Over on our main site, Steve Aquino and Nick Baumann “investigate.” Video is included.