The big difference between Arrival’s manufacturing plan and Aptera’s is Arrival seeks to build a whole lot more than just a delivery van. In fact, I would suspect when they start manufacturing in their pilot micro-factory, they’ll at least make a call on the folks in San Diego suggesting they might set up an Aptera ‘line’ … The video posted says plainly they think they can build a whole lot of different things including, presumably with their robotic part pickers, several things at the same time because of their ‘wonderful software.’
The cool thing about the Aptera assembly is it doesn’t need any of the big robotic machines as its assembly is centered on human assemblers using hand assembly.
Who’s to say, though, whether the factory layout of Arrival’s plant, if it is open in say, Toledo, wouldn’t get a contract to boost Aptera production by 5,000.
I do wonder if robots could ‘install’ a vinyl wrap on identical Apterae more efficiently than an artisan which is like still thinking Kasparov could beat Big Blue.
I’m also guessing Arrival is ditching a paint shop in its microfactory plans as well.