Aesop’s Fables: The Tortoise & the Hare
The Big Guys like GM, Ford, Hyundai, Rivian, and VW are already delivering EV’s. Can’t help but think of them as the hares and Aptera as the tortoise. I started to think “How will Aptera ever catch up?” Then I remembered that, for me at least, Aptera is not in a race with the offerings from the Big Guys. If they were making something as unique, solar powered, and efficient as an Aptera, things might be different. But an EV SUV or truck is not my idea of a good time. Happily, if 38K Aptera reservations is any indication, it looks like I’m not the only one. Even if only 10K of us end up purchasing, that’s enough for Aptera to make its mark in the marketplace and enough for me to eventually take delivery on mine.
We live in a world of faster and faster. In that environment, it is hard to be patient as Aptera moves slowly toward actual production. As 2023 dawns without an Aptera in anyone’s driveway (Happy New Year to all all BTW), I can’t help but get a bit philosophical about the ups and downs of my own patience waiting around for Aptera to produce vehicles. Once again, I’m not alone contending with doubts and impatience as evidenced by the smattering of naysayers on the forum. My next door neighbor just took delivery on his Tesla model Y and I have to admit to a twinge of jealousy even though a new Telsa has never been on my shopping list. At least his Christmas present is here while mine is snagged somewhere in Santa’s supply chain and financing woes. Thoughts about Aptera like “Are we there yet? Are we going to get there?” visit me repeatedly like the ghosts of Christmas past visiting Scrooge.
In the end, being cynical about Aptera making it to production is playing it safe. Like life in general, when it comes to Aptera, it’s hard to have faith in the face of doubts and fears. I’ll continue to cast my lot with the risk-takers in 2023 and have patience that the slow, steady, deliberate pace of Aptera development will win over customers and investors. Aptera is not for everybody, but it is the right set of wheels for me.
Happy New Year to all.
- This discussion was modified 11 months ago by bbelcamino.