Invention or Innovation? – 300 MPG Car

Engadget has an article on a 300 MPG car that Aptera is now beginning to accept pre-orders for. Apparently, they intend to deliver it in twelve months.

I would contend that this automobile is an invention not an innovation, because there are already hybrid cars in the marketplace and this automobile will likely prove more useful than valuable. I believe it will be a niche player rather than a truly transformational product introduction, but I guess we will see. Toyota and other hybrid manufactures will be introducing plug-in varieties in the next few years along with better capacity batteries, improving MPG on both fronts.

Invention or innovation? Niche or mass acceptance? What do you think?


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Braden KelleyBraden Kelley is a Social Business Architect and the author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. Braden is also a popular innovation speaker and trainer, and advises companies on embedding innovation across the organization and how to attract and engage customers, partners, and employees.

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Braden Kelley is a Design Thinking, Innovation and Transformation Consultant, a popular innovation speaker and workshop leader, and helps companies use Human-Centered Change™ to beat the 70% change failure rate. He is the author of Charting Change from Palgrave Macmillan and Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. Braden has been advising companies since 1996, while living and working in England, Germany, and the United States. Braden earned his MBA from top-rated London Business School. Follow him on Twitter and Linkedin.

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