Friends and family reaction to Aptera. Do you have a story?

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Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Friends and family reaction to Aptera. Do you have a story?

  • Friends and family reaction to Aptera. Do you have a story?

     Len Nowak updated 6 months ago 24 Members · 46 Posts
  • Llewellyn Evans

    Member
    September 25, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    When I booked my Aptera, I told my wife that I will get a new car in the next couple of years ….. and gave no further details. Then today I 3d printed an Aptera and asked her to clean up the model for me. She held it up and said “Is this a space ship?” ……. I can’t wait for it to arrive.????

  • Len Nowak

    Moderator
    September 25, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Nice!

    Oh…. Out of the mouth of wives….????

    • Llewellyn Evans

      Member
      September 25, 2021 at 4:16 pm

      I love your print. Where did the support material go? I always have a devil of a time getting rid of it in resin prints.

    • Klaus Schröder

      Member
      October 3, 2021 at 4:01 am

      I love your print too! Where can I find the print-file?

      I’m waiting for a European version….so I will print 3D models for friends an Family.

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    September 25, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Great story! My friends, mostly, put up with my nattering-on about Aptera but my favorite comment came from one of my long-retired grad school profs: “It certainly LOOKS like something you’d drive…” ????

  • Henry Kitt

    Member
    September 25, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    To put it simply, the reactions are VERY strong, moreso than with any car ever. Alot of people still have no interest in buying one because of the 2 seats (which will be fixed with the next vehicle) and because of safety concerns (they don’t trust that’s its one of the safest vehicles there is), but everyone thinks it’s cool for sure.

  • John Malcom

    Member
    September 25, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    From my oldest daughter “Is that the thing on the back of your t shirt?”

  • Heidi Strayer

    Member
    September 26, 2021 at 5:57 am

    I mentioned during a family zoom that the Aptera was back and I’d plunked down a deposit on one. I can’t say anyone in my family was surprised, it’s par for the course for me. We pulled up photos from the Aptera website and I was happy that my dad pepped up and asked me a myriad of technical questions concerning the car. Then he asked when I thought I’d get mine. ” I’m hoping third or fourth quarter 2022″, I replied. He then said wistfully, “I’d sure like to be able to take a ride in it.” At that point there was silence, all of us scrambling to come up with an appropriate response. You see, dad has advanced stage Pancreatic cancer that he’s been fighting for close to a year now, and unfortunately slowly but surely losing. We’re hoping for one last Christmas with him.

    My sister quickly changed the topic, and we signed off shortly after that. I’m sure all of us had a good cry afterwards. I’m careful not to mention the car anymore in family gatherings. It’s just too painful for everyone involved at this point.

    • kerbe2705

      Member
      September 26, 2021 at 8:40 am

      Speaking as someone who’s been living with cancer for the past 5.5 years, my experience throughout the ordeal has been that the most difficult aspect has been having to deal with the pain, fear and anxiety of others: For me it’s just how life happens to be – and I get on with it. Please understand that having hopes and dreams and goals is a very human and natural thing: If your Dad wants to hope that he’ll get to ride with you in your Aptera then, by heaven, support his dream! Sharing your excitement about the vehicle may very well be just the shot-in-the-arm he needs to find the energy, strength and will to make it through another day.

      • Len Nowak

        Moderator
        September 26, 2021 at 10:18 am

        ❤… I am not sure if “dad” is mobile and close enough to San Diego but… On their website go to CONTACT US there is a option to request a visit. I trust they can make a dream come true, even if it is just a parking lot ride! Just a thought????? They talked about hopefully creating a virtual ride “at some point too????

      • Llewellyn Evans

        Member
        September 26, 2021 at 4:39 pm

        Hi Heidi, I a so sorry your dad is unwell.Can somebody please ask a contact at Aptera?I would love to see an update from Aptera with Chris taking Heidi’s dad for a ride and a chat in the car.

        It would warm my heart.

        • Marcus Stone

          Member
          December 29, 2021 at 3:59 pm

          Heidi,

          If logistics of getting your dad to San Diego are too expensive, I
          would chip in, and I bet some others here would also.

    • GLENN ZAJIC

      Member
      September 26, 2021 at 5:23 pm

      Heidi, Wishing the best for you and your dad. There are a lot of good people on this forum. I am sure that if this wish isn’t accomplished by the company, most certainly an early recipient would be willing to make some accommodations. My reserve #is 19978 so I do not expect mine till 3rd or 4th quarter of ’22 either. If something hasn’t happened before that and your number is higher I would switch with you. Keep us posted.

      • Oz (It’s Oz, just Oz)

        Member
        September 26, 2021 at 5:55 pm

        Glenn, Heidi is in the first 20 orders, she was up early, like me.

        • Heidi Strayer

          Member
          September 28, 2021 at 3:32 pm

          Thanks everyone for your kind wishes. Kenneth, I am in awe of your strength. Fortunately my dad is surprisingly having very little pain but is very weak with minimal mobility (he can still move from one room to the next but then needs to rest.). He only has the strength for short car rides now, mostly to and from doctor visits. The trip from LA to San Diego would not be possible.

          I want to wait my turn for my Aptera like everyone else. As Llewellyn states, I have a pretty early number anyway. If I did anything else, my genius dad would become highly suspicious; he does not like special treatment because he is sick.

          Dad’s gotten to watch several of the Aptera videos and with his fantastic imagination, he’s a retired astrophysicist after all, can imagine what it’s like to ride in one.

          Cancer Sucks!

    • Marcus Stone

      Member
      December 29, 2021 at 4:04 pm

      Heidi,

      If logistics of getting your dad to San Diego are too expensive, I would chip in, and I bet some others here would also.

    • Marcus Stone

      Member
      December 29, 2021 at 4:05 pm

      Heidi,

      What if we chipped in and got Aptera to bring the car to you?

  • Roshiyu

    Member
    September 26, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Meeting up with the family for the first time since covid started, this Thanksgiving. So of course I teased my mom with getting a new car a few days ago, but I wouldn’t tell her what it was.

    After a few wrong guesses, she went with a magic carpet…. To which I said, that was metaphorically the closest guess so far. We’ll see how that goes. 😛

    • Len Nowak

      Moderator
      September 26, 2021 at 10:05 am

      Well at least it will deserve a RED CARPET (special spot) in the sun!

  • David Marlow

    Member
    September 26, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    My wife and I respect each others wishes even if we have opposite opinions. The best example is our choices in vehicles. She loves her yellow AWD Jeep, she can sit up high and not worry about getting stuck in the snow. She thinks the Aptera is ugly and is too low for her to get in and out of easily. I was able to get her to compromises some by getting the model that gets the best gas mileage. I currently have a 2011 Volt, that she will begrudgingly ride in.

    I think that she will learn to at least apricate the economy of the Aptera and might even get her to ride in it.

    • John Marona

      Member
      December 30, 2021 at 3:25 pm

      Go for the off road model which sits higher.????

  • Scott Price

    Member
    September 28, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    It definitely generates a lot of “wows”, “that’s cool”, and an interest to learn more since they at first are not quite sure what it is. The only negative reactions so far from some folks have been regarding having only 2 seats and having partially blocked views out the side windows. Many folks are intrigued by the look, the range, the solar charging, and how unique it is. My pre-teen daughter really wants me to buy one (more so than my wife) since my daughter wants me to drive her to school and other events in it. Aptera apparently has the pre-teen stamp of approval for a “see and be seen” car. ????

    • Tim Tierney

      Member
      September 29, 2021 at 7:26 pm

      Interesting… My son told me that it would be a great car to have for us. Quick trips to the store, or out to eat. We are a family of two, so it makes sense. This car works great for singles, or a single and son/daughter. We could go to the grocery, stock up and go home and be in great shape.

      Also going to the vet with a dog.

      I think the only time we might really need four/five seats would be on a trip or larger family to a restaurant.

      I have had an SUV for years! It’s been my go to. Aptera made me realize that I don’t use that extra space, and why do I have it?!

    • Richard Lutz

      Member
      September 30, 2021 at 9:42 am

      Funny, my12 year old daughter is the exact opposite, she doesn’t want me taking her to school or anywhere else in “That ugly car”. She has come to accept that her dad likes EVs and efficiency, but she wants it to look conformist. Until Aptera was resurrected, we where looking at replacing my aging Civic with a Honda Clarity or possibly another full EV.

    • Llewellyn Evans

      Member
      September 30, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      Don’t worry. 12 year old daughters can be super harsh. She will grow out of it …..and will probably want the car when she is old enough to drive and has no money for gas. ????

    • John Marona

      Member
      December 30, 2021 at 3:28 pm

      When she turns 16, will she be taking her drivers test in the Aptera???

  • Bryan Bowes

    Member
    October 4, 2021 at 9:24 am

    “That looks like something you Enneagram 4’s would buy.”

    “Oh I can’t be seen with you in that.”

    “You won’t drive that for real will you?”

    “That won’t fit in your garage.”

    “Why would you want that? Are you sure you want all that attention?”

    Then I tell her the stock has done a 16x and aren’t even selling cars yet….

    “This looks like a nice car!”

    • Marcus Stone

      Member
      December 29, 2021 at 4:15 pm

      Brian, Enneagram 4 is Tragic Romantic, isn’t it? I don’t remember that well. Can you explain a little why that is thought to be a good fit?

      • Bryan Bowes

        Member
        December 31, 2021 at 8:29 pm

        It’s because 4’s have a deep desire to be different and unique but only if it’s a genuine motive, else it just seems like artificial emotion and hype. The car is something I am personally passionate about, not just because it’s unique but because it had to be made and should be adopted. It’s a good invention and 4’s feel like their opinions should be heard so there’s that part as well.

  • David Tiemeyer

    Member
    December 28, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    I created a 1/20th scale model of Aptera in SolidWorks while waiting for my car to arrive, too. It has some nice surface features delineating windows, doors, hatch and Aptera logos. Does anyone know who to contact over at the Aptera Store about carrying the scale model while people wait for their car to arrive? In the meanwhile, I am donating the *.STEP file to anyone interested in having RoadRunner 3D in Albuquerque print a handsome copy on their multiple jet fusion (MJF) printer.

  • Guy SKEER

    Member
    December 29, 2021 at 6:42 am

    Wife and Daughter Both said something like: “It looks too small” – I pointed out that while it has Two Less Seats, It has very nearly the interior space of Our Cessna 182. Then I mentioned ZERO FUEL COSTS. The Peanut Gallery Went Silent.

    • Len Nowak

      Moderator
      December 29, 2021 at 7:40 am

      A picture, comparison and (testimony) can do that! So…

      Also add that they are making the beta models slightly bigger.

      I believe only around interior space for enhanced space around seats and ingress/egress

      ( I rode in Sol and at 180#, nearly six foot tall and being a senior… I had no problems)

      0h ..the cargo area is suppose to be deeper with a small storage under the deck… was once mentioned in a video!

      Attachment one is before beta

      Attachment two gets into more interior space

      • Ken Potter

        Member
        January 2, 2022 at 11:27 am

        When I introduced a solar-minded friend to all of the Aptera materials, he said it seemed to be a “commuter scooter.” That one really stuck in my mind. Can’t wait to change his opinion with a test drive.

  • Philip Raymond

    Member
    December 31, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    After showing a picture of it to my wife, who brings judgmental thought to an art form, simply called it a weirdo car. Mind you, this is a person with a Master’s degree from Yale. She is smart, but very slow to accept new ideas, even if they save planet Earth. I’ll keep working on her.

    • Len Nowak

      Moderator
      January 1, 2022 at 5:06 am

      Philip

      My wife is one like that too. Also from an Ivy League college. A VMD.

      Even though she knows the Aptera is my car, she keeps on saying “ Hey, when are you getting that ?” To which I say “ Not soon enough!”????

      She too is an amazing person and just a sponge of knowledge . She likes artsy things ( clothes, gems and landscape and architecture. ) She does not like big or boxy vehicles.

      Surprising her last vehicle was a very small quirky looking vehicle( photo attached) , that you either loved or hated the “look”. I wasn’t sure of that vehicle’s look but we both really enjoyed it. I trust , now, this will be her experience with Aptera. But beyond the “look” for many more reasons. To name a few:

      -Quiet EV experience. (Besides having the motors outside at the wheels, it cuts through the wind with its bullet shape)

      -Acceleration ( the Sol was only a FWD at 60 in 5.5 sec. )

      -Solar could generate some of you daily free miles

      -Charging possibility ( range/time ). Battery range choices

      -No more dirty gas stations, Fueling smell! Here garage can be that private power-up clean station “if needed” ( We have a Level II charger but no EV yet. Our electric is 100% generated from our home’s PV Solar panels)

      – 25 cu ft storage behind the seats

      -If having a vehicle that has a “different texture ”… I.e., a matte colored vinyl wrap on aerodynamic body… does it for you… there is that too! Some call it “sexy”

      If this helps…

      I had a short ride in the Sol. “For Me” the experience inside this ( alpha vehicle ) included:

      ✅A simple clean finish like a Tesla “3”or “Y”, but roomy for a two seater

      ✅Almost like a plane cockpit, perhaps from the feel from the split door windows, with the large storage space behind the front seats.

      ✅Quiet! and maybe too fast! ( Ok.. our first EV )

      ✅Stable

      ✅Great visibility ( This was a short ride and I was only a passenger)

      I was a little speechless from the first Aptera intro experience/the first ride.Look forward to a 2022 public opportunity to really get a fuller,experience!

      [My only previous EV “test drives” were in a Solo, Tesla “Y” , Mach- e . And drove my friends Tesla “X” for a six hour trip. Otherwise a ride in my son’s Volt, BMW I3 and Bolt. So just those “ street corner” report outs.]

      Good luck ! But I don’t think you will need much????

      • G Johns

        Member
        January 1, 2022 at 7:34 am

        I talked too much (probably 3-4times a week since my order past Feb.) and watched to much You Tube Aptera vids and other EV info (almost daily) and now my wife goes into shutdown mode and exasperatingly says “You have been waiting how long?, you’re never going to get one so I don’t want to hear about it anymore.”

        So you all are going to see more postings.

        Everytime we burn up gasoline we change from a liquid to a gas, so are we making the planet lighter and going to change it’s orbit?

        • Llewellyn Evans

          Member
          January 1, 2022 at 1:42 pm

          Regarding making the planet lighter ….

          Imagine a party balloon with a small amount of liquid in it. Now weigh the balloon. Now heat the balloon so that some of the liquid turns to gas. Now re-weigh the balloon. The weight is the same. If you account for the weight of air around the balloon that is now displaced by the new volume. What I am am saying here is that the earth and the stuff around it is the balloon, it does not change mass by changing phase from liquid to gas. (but it does by other means)

          Also you could put any mass that is small relative to the sun in our orbit because gravity is relative to mass.

          Imagine a mass hanging from a spring. Double the mass and double the strength of the spring, now the extension of the spring is the same as when you started. (Changing the mass of the Earth also changes the force keeping us in orbit around the sun, so the orbit remains the same for objects with small mass relative to the sun).

          Space nerds, please correct me if I am wrong.

          • G Johns

            Member
            January 2, 2022 at 10:00 am

            I agree with your ballon measurements. But we are not a balloon. Don’t we lose atmosphere as we orbit at 67,000 miles an hour?, Or the vacuum we are plowing through has no effect? Don’t the solar flares blow some atmosphere off also? Or is gravity holding in all the gases?. Just wondering.

            • Oz (It’s Oz, just Oz)

              Member
              January 2, 2022 at 11:14 am

              I think by definition a vacuum has no effect.

            • Llewellyn Evans

              Member
              January 2, 2022 at 5:35 pm

              We may or may not but it is not dependent on how much coal we burn.

            • Llewellyn Evans

              Member
              January 2, 2022 at 8:42 pm

              Clarification : Change in mass is independent of how much coal we burn.

      • Jerry Molnar

        Member
        January 7, 2022 at 10:54 am

        I love your analogy to airplane cockpit, makes me want this even more.

        I’ve found when showing pictures of Aptera to friends, or whoever’s interested, it’s either a love it or hate it proposition, with the vast majority of women hating it, and sci fi fans obsssed with loving it! Lol! My wife does finance for a living, she loves saving money and being frugal, but also equally loves design and aesthetic, at first glance she thought Aptera was just tooooo odd looking, but,, once I explained about solar charging, cheap maintenance, cheap charging,, she suddenly did a 180 on her opinion on its appearance and now thinks it’s beautiful! Ha ha!

        And now after exploring the different interior options is totally in love!

        She has recently proclaimed that she maybe taking over the Aptera since I won’t be able to take the proper care to maintain its looks in immaculate condition she prefers.

        She has a point, I AM somewhat messy 😉

        Now what to do??

        • Len Nowak

          Moderator
          January 7, 2022 at 11:25 am

          Jerry,

          “1” is such a lonely number ….

          So….why not “2”?!

          It will be such a manageable size vehicle….you may find it easy to keep clean😉

          • This reply was modified 6 months ago by  Len Nowak.
          • Jerry Molnar

            Member
            January 7, 2022 at 11:34 am

            Also my wife is going to have a conundrum with driving Aptera, she’s an introvert, and she hates drawing attention to herself, I said : “ your going to have a problem” Lol!

  • Len Nowak

    Moderator
    January 7, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Get away is 0-60mph in 3.5 sec ( AWD)😉

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