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Less than an hour after posting this story about how hard it is to gauge the impact of clean technology on the region’s economy, I got an e-mail about Aptera Motors, a Vista-based electric car company that has plans to add 1,500 jobs in the coming years.

Aptera, which is Greek for “wingless flight,” announced today that it will begin production of its 2e, a two-seat car electric car that has a driving range of 100 miles per charge, and gets the equivalent of 200 miles-per-gallon. Time magazine named it one of the best inventions of 2008.

The sticker price on the 2e will be between $25,000 and $45,000, and the company says it has already received nearly 4,000 deposits.

“With the 2e set to hit the streets later this year, and with additional models already on our drawing board, Aptera will create some 1,500 jobs and more than 100,000 vehicles in the next five years,” said Aptera founder Steve Fambro in a company news release.

DAVID WASHBURN

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