Aptera center console

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  • Aptera center console

     Paul Kirchner updated 1 week, 2 days ago 20 Members · 30 Posts
  • Roy De Kleijn

    Member
    September 11, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Hey,

    Yesterday, I watched the public release of the Aptera Gamma at Fully Charged Live 2022. I think the design looks amazing! You guys did a great job! The wheel housing looks also really good!

    One thing that can be improved a bit is the center console, if you ask me. Now it looks like it exists out of three separate components and also the cupholders don’t look really solid (especially if you have the acceleration numbers in mind:) ).

    What are your thoughts?

    And maybe a question for Aptera… is this design ‘final’ or will there still be improvements on the center console? And will there be wireless phone charging in the center console?

  • OZ (It’s OZ, Just OZ)

    Member
    September 11, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    The components for the center console are modular and easily changeable. The displayed cupholder unit could be the only one available for the first deliveries, but we have no firm answer for that. Other options are planned. IIRC there is talk of some sort of phone charging infrastructure.

  • Kevin Bradbury

    Member
    September 11, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    I had my concerns on the center console and cup holders as well. Actually from the first renderings of them but confirmed that they didn’t pivot and went with the original concept. The cup holder looks to require two hand operation and it looked like a zipper closer on the console. If those stay to final production, I’m thinking I will have to make some sort of insert for the cup holder and never zip the console closed.

    • John Voules

      Member
      September 11, 2022 at 5:25 pm

      Center console was the least impressive thing of the interior.

      • Kevin Bradbury

        Member
        September 11, 2022 at 5:47 pm

        @John Voules – I’m sure, but the cup holder is going to be that little thing that niggles at me eveytime I try to put my beer, err ROOT beer, back in it while driving. I’ll work something out. The only thing that will keep me from following through is if there is no kind AC. Anything else can be adapted to or modified.

        • John Voules

          Member
          September 11, 2022 at 5:51 pm

          I believe it was something between a typical vw and BMW seating. Good support and the bones for long drive comfort.

      • Paul Schultz

        Member
        September 11, 2022 at 6:55 pm

        @John Voules I agree!

      • Dennis Swaney

        Member
        September 12, 2022 at 5:10 pm

        Yep. It is even worse than the “Hello Kitty” yoke.

  • George Hughes

    Member
    September 11, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    If the center console is designed for ‘replacement’ – i.e. easily removed fasteners/clips – I suspect it will be among the first ‘aftermarket’ pieces to feature specialized uses.

    While it may provide an arm rest, a fully flat floor is also a wonderous thing.

    Fortunately I don’t have any ideas on this at all. Kind of like a SCOTUS justice and porn, I’ll only know if it is any good if when I see it.

    • kerbe2705

      Member
      September 11, 2022 at 10:17 pm

      @George Hughes The center “beam” is necessary for the rigidity of Aptera’s inner structural unit: The ambassadors asked about it more than a year ago.

      There was some talk that it might be used to hold additional stacked battery modules but we now know that, while the 250 and the 400 range battery packs will use 2170-size cells, the 600 and 1000 range packs will use either 2665 or 4680 cells. The battery packs will be flat and rectangular and will fit under the floor of the cabin.

      • Pistonboy Delux

        Member
        September 14, 2022 at 7:11 pm

        2665 size cells? I never even heard of this size before.

        • kerbe2705

          Member
          September 20, 2022 at 9:53 am

          @Pistonboy Delux And now you have! 😁 There is a wide range of sizes/capacities available: 2665 is the most available size between 2170 and 4680 – although there are 3260 and 3275 cells coming to market.

          Battery chemistry and capability notwithstanding, if cells exist in these sizes then there must be manufacturing equipment available to build them.

        • Francis Giroux

          Member
          September 20, 2022 at 11:04 am

          EVE (Aptera’s chosen supplier for the 2170 cells) also has a 32130 cell.

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    September 11, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    SIMPLE: Offer a more traditional console like what was first displayed. Let people choose. See which one people prefer.

    • Francis Giroux

      Member
      September 20, 2022 at 11:13 am

      With exchangeable modules you already have the choice. I prefer the removable modules because I want to be able to remove them all and put a cushion between/overhanging the seats for my occasional third passenger.

  • James Gatan

    Member
    September 11, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I’ll opt out of that flimsy dollar-store quality looking bungee mesh cup holders, if that is the final end design. Looks awful, and it cheapens the interior.

    • Harry Parker

      Moderator
      September 15, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      I heard from one of the employees from a show video that the cup holder has already been redesigned. The new design will be revealed when the Delta pre-production prototype is revealed, this November or December.

    • Francis Giroux

      Member
      September 20, 2022 at 11:15 am

      The design is removable changeable modules, only three of which have been made. You have the choice.

  • Bart Cunningham

    Member
    September 12, 2022 at 2:40 am

    The mesh version of the center console is the first thing I will look at changing as soon as I get mine. Maybe a 3D printing project?

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    September 12, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Is this pineapple leather?

    Whatever it is called, it looks like worn out, recycled vinyl, dug out of a dumpster.

    • John Voules

      Member
      September 12, 2022 at 6:41 pm

      I didn’t taste it, but yes it was pineapple. It didn’t really match the cleanliness of the rest of the interior that is – the bungee cup holders . It has a nice thick leathery look to it but needs better trim work and finishing.

  • robert engelhart

    Member
    September 12, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    I will just say it, that bungie cord nightmare is the dumbest thing I have seen in years.

    • Joshua Rosen

      Member
      September 13, 2022 at 8:28 am

      It looks completely impractical. Hopefully they’ll get the message and replace it with something usable.

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    September 13, 2022 at 8:24 am

    The console was designed by an artist and artists are only concerned with being creative.

    Creativity equates to being different. It can be ugly. It can be impractical. It can be useless. The only thing important is being different.

  • Qiang Fu

    Member
    September 13, 2022 at 11:43 am

    I also feel the center console design and material can be improved, although center console itself is no big deal in my list of things. The biggest disappointment to me is the structural central beam prevents the possibility of installing a after-market 3-person bench seat.

    • Francis Giroux

      Member
      September 20, 2022 at 11:22 am

      It doesn’t prevent it, it inhibits it. It also makes it so the third passenger in a center or bench seat will have a safe barrier between his legs/feet and the driver’s. Safety.

      My Ford Ranger pickup had a center tunnel and we had no problem having a third/bench seat.

  • Cody Cody Schaner

    Member
    September 20, 2022 at 9:12 am

    Cup holders and pedal +/- need to go. Can do much better. Everything else mimics a Model 3, why loose that inspiration on cupholder and pedals.

    • Rex Schneider

      Member
      September 20, 2022 at 9:37 am

      I agree the cup holder needs a more practical upgrade but the + and – pedals are quirky. I like them they fit the car.

  • Patrick Liebknecht

    Member
    September 20, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    First thing to go away is this monstrosity.

    • Paul Kirchner

      Member
      September 20, 2022 at 8:03 pm

      I don’t think you will because I’m betting it won’t be there. Whatever we’re looking at now will not be there at the end. Lot’s of hand wringing going on for no reason.

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