Floor Coverings (rubber optional carpets)

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Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Floor Coverings (rubber optional carpets)

  • Floor Coverings (rubber optional carpets)

  • Rene Provencher

    Member
    August 21, 2021 at 10:02 am

    I want Aptera to be the first car manufacturer to implement a rubber flooring with optional carpets. This way you eliminate the dirt and grim and musky odors that get trapped in the glued on carpeting by being able to remove the carpeting and get them thoroughly washed and being able to also properly wash the flooring inside the vehicle.

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  • John Malcom

    Member
    August 21, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Please leave that approach for the jeep/Broncos nation. I keep my interior clean and use mats if needed. I like my carpet. There is a reason manufactures install carpet rather than rubber flooring. Most buyers want that

  • Rene Provencher

    Member
    August 21, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Does not prevent you from having your carpet, it should be an OPTION.

  • Raj Giandeep

    Member
    August 21, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    I like the rubber floor mats personally. Go to a pressure car wash, spray them down, clean again.

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    August 21, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    I remember my parents’ GM cars from the late 50’s/early 60’s when rubber floor coverings were common: Carpeting was an extra-cost option!

  • Fanfare 100

    Member
    August 21, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you for your awesome contribution! That might not be a bad idea at all, given that I have chosen the off-road package, and the camping package as well, meaning that indeed it will be in the Jeep/Bronco category. BRILLIANT! No matter how much I shampoo the rug, simply being able to pull the rug out and washing it independently would be so convenient. Or simply not use the rug when I know I’ll be going into the woods with it. So many valuable great thinkers on this forum!!

  • my_discord_number_is_0328 bloody stupid

    Member
    August 21, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    nah the car shell is probably pretty friendly to water hose washing, just need a way to dump the water over the high door opening. i think jeep or bronco or whatever has a hole under car with floor shaped as slope, seats waterproofed, so can hose away mud and all. without a hole can work if user wants to vacuum water away but i dont know what if vaccums are normally water friendly.

    carpet is toy nonsense that shouldnt be glued to car as standard, instead there should be a hook and clips built in, or hoodie sweater style tie down that wraps around objects like armrest, for various optional/aftermarket textures to be added on, be it different cloths, wood, stones, glass build, LED lit epoxy resin layer build, etc of whatever colors etc.

    speaking of glass and epoxy resin, theres this similar thing of preserving dead bugs/flowers/leaf/butterfly etc in a glass/epoxy in some way that prevents decomposition of the carcass…

  • George Hughes

    Member
    August 22, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Why not just have Aptera get witih Weathertech and have some custom floor mats manufactured and just offer them as an option. These are the kinds of floor mats that actually go up the sides of the footwell and are designed to keep the carpets underneath perfect without concern for spills, etc.

    • John Malcom

      Member
      August 22, 2021 at 7:04 pm

      Of course! George has a solution to satisfy both sides of the discussion. And, no engineering change required that would delay the production schedule. win win!

    • my_discord_number_is_0328 bloody stupid

      Member
      August 22, 2021 at 7:46 pm

      im not sure if those rubber mats cover the whole foot area interior, muddy shoes/clothes would mess the walls of the foot area as well as the floor, so if i want to wash ill just get a cloth and might as well clean the chassis floor with the same thing rather than pull out and hose down a rubber mat. seats should be something one can hose away too.

  • Anonymous

    Deleted User
    September 5, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Weathertech covers everything, they just need the floor specs to laser measure coverage. A paid trip to San Diego for a Weathertech rep to laser measure the Aptera cabin would be money well spent. Unlike most, Weathertech is not just mats, they cover the whole floor area, including the drivetrain area in legacy ice vehicles. They are also very easy to clean and made in the U.S.

  • rich garlick

    Member
    September 6, 2021 at 4:36 am

    I fired off an email to weathertech this morning Asking them to reach out to Sarah Handwick / Pablo Ucar so she or he could direct a laser measurement expert to coordinate with the interior designer of the final Production spec aptera cabin and trunk. I did mention that people planned on sleeping in the trunk of their Aptera’s and that pets may be transported back there as well. I mentioned the need for softer materials in the back as a result and I said weight of their solution overall is a consideration. I got a bounce back email saying they would address it during regular business hours Monday morning. FYI

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    August 23, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Do you believe we will receive floor mats with our vehicles? If so, do you believe they will be carpet or rubber?

    If given a choice, which would you prefer the matts to be: carpet or rubber?

    Would you prefer the vehicle floor to be carpet or rubber?

    (Come to think of it, does the carpet color change to match the interior color or is it the same color for all interior colors?)

  • John Voules

    Member
    August 23, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    Carpet all the way…we will be driving in a nice sealed shell.

    Imagine carpeting the inside of an egg. I expect the feeling to be refined. I’ll drive 12 miles away to Weather Tech and get liners to protect when needed. Ideally I would prefer any area that can be carpeted to be carpeted.

    • kerbe2705

      Member
      August 23, 2022 at 9:55 pm

      @John Voules Once Weathertech scans your vehicle, I’ll order a set of liners for mine!

  • Vernon Sinnott

    Member
    August 23, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    My Jeep has rubber mats. That makes sense for any 4 wheeler.

  • Tu Nguyen

    Member
    August 23, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    I think rubber would be more sustainable. Anytime it rains or even if it’s just lightly wet outside the water will soak into any type of carpet like material.

  • Raj Giandeep

    Member
    August 23, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Last few vehicles I’ve gotten rubber mats. So easy to clean & durable

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    August 23, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    @Pistonboy Delux I’m guessing no but, if we do, they will probably be carpet. My choice would be something waterproof, with channels to collect snowmelt, mud, rain, etc. I would prefer the vehicle to be carpeted for its sound-deadening capability. As the primary use of color in the vehicle at this point seems to be upholstery stitching, seat back, seat belts and door pull, I’m guessing they’ll do black flooring – like nearly every other vehicle on the market.

  • Karen Copher

    Member
    August 23, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Yes, please, no carpet. Too hard to clean and can agravate allergies.

    • Mark Salyzyn

      Member
      August 24, 2022 at 6:58 am

      Solved with a can of clear coat 😉

  • John Voules

    Member
    August 24, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Having driven my i3 for 6+ years you will notice that evs are much quieter than ice vehicles in general. In your electric vehicle you will hear more outside noise, your own tires contact with the road and the electric motors making their awesome whining sound. My windows are thinner than most cars ( BMW trying to save weight) and do allow for outside noise to enter more freely.

    Carpeting deadens sound to help with a quieter atmosphere, it’s insulation will also help to keep the climate in the vehicle more temperate. Touch your vehicles carpeting in the winter and then touch a rubber or plastic surface…you will find the carpeting not give off that icy feeling. You can alway add plastic or rubber mats to keep the surfaces clean.

    I can understand recreational vehicle…suvs, jeeps and other similar vehicles that may go off roading not wanting carpets, but that is truly for a sport that plays in the mud.

  • Eric Quinn

    Member
    August 24, 2022 at 8:20 am

    I’m getting weather tech mats asap also mat for the trunk area

    I hike a lot, pack backs, dirty boots and rainy hikes dirty towels

    • John Voules

      Member
      August 24, 2022 at 8:30 am

      I wonder if there is anyone else reading this that lives near Chicago. I am 16949 res number 400 mile version, placed my $ early January 2021. My 1st drive will be to Weather Tech, is there anyone else near me that may have an earlier reservation with a possibility for them to get to Weather Tech earlier than me? I believe there are going to be 3-4 thousand orders before me, and I’m sure many will want the extra protection Weather Tech provides.

      • Dennis Swaney

        Member
        August 24, 2022 at 11:11 am

        John, if you’re lucky and are the first person to take an Aptera to WeatherTech, they may just gift you a set for letting them do their laser measuring on your vehicle. That happened to me when I bought my Miata back in 1989, an local dash mat maker asked to use it to make a pattern and gave me the first one (which I still have in the car).

  • Vernon Sinnott

    Member
    September 2, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    I really like the removable rubber mats in my Jeep Compass. They clip in place too.

  • Daniel Crotty

    Member
    September 18, 2022 at 10:43 am

    I like the Weathertech option if Aptera is not going to do something similar.

    On my current car, I have a rubberish cargo tray and mats. The first week after purchase, I went to the grocery store. Loading my goodies into the trunk, a bottle of chocolate milk was cracked and gave way. Milk, much less chocolate, does tend to be something you don’t want in your carpet. I was soo freaking glad to be able to pick that tray up and dump the milk before trying to drive home and do a proper cleaning.

    Big proponent of the cargo tray.

    I would think that smaller multiples would be an advantage. Flip them over if you want to sleep on them. PASS this on to Weathertech, else I suspect they may just make one big one. This also has the advantage that you don’t have to cover the entire area. On row across the should do in most cases.

    The same goes for the foot carpets, especially if you live in snow area. I would think that people around the beach would want them for the same reasons.

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