Aptera delivery options and info

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  • Aptera delivery options and info

     Dan Kerpe updated 4 months, 4 weeks ago 45 Members · 76 Posts
  • William Baker

    Member
    August 13, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    I was wondering. When its time, how will the deliveries be done. Will there be fleets of private contractors with flat bed trailers? Or semi car carrier with special built center wheel track spots. Any ideas. Somebody is going to be very busy organizing this.

  • Len Nowak

    Moderator
    August 14, 2021 at 5:33 am

    No idea. Suggested “initially” to use existing carriers like Carvana and Vroom who have the flat bed trucks, experience with their flat bed trucks??? Open flat bed delivery trucks show off your cargo! Some like closed truck beds to protect the new vehicles from the elements/debris/ hide the the precious cargo???

    Transport gets more involved when they are into the ten of thousands per year????

    ( Credit…. I marked up this attachment below with Photofunia)

  • Gabriel Kemeny

    Moderator
    August 14, 2021 at 9:13 am

    There will likely be two different kinds of deliveries. One for the factory to regional warehouses (that was mentioned in their SEC filing) which would be in high volume (could be train, large trucks, etc) and the second to the customers, which would likely be flatbed truck or car trailer.

  • John Malcom

    Member
    August 14, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Thanks for this research, I imagine you could pick up at the “Factory” as well at some point if you were willing to pay the state of CA for their registration I think even if you are going to use the car in another state.

    Regardless of how it is done, Gabe is certainly correct in his post that this is a major enterprise and if deliveries to reservation holders will start in early 2022 work should already be underway on the selected approach(s) and arrangements and contracts/leases for support services initiated.

    Perhaps in one of the upcoming monthly updates we can hear about this plan and a plan for support of “Right to repair” for early reservation holders.

    It is good to know progress on engineering and development of the Aptera, but having the vehicle ready for production and produced but not able to deliver or support would be a big disappointment and a major hit on the credibility of the Aptera Company at a time when it is important to make the case with potential buyers and the auto/EV industry that Aptera has ALL of their “Stuff” together

  • Joy Pan

    Member
    August 15, 2021 at 1:33 am

    I wonder about that too. I am on O’ahu and I’d love to pick up my Aptera in CA and drive to Kalakaua Ave HI. Love free delivery to the Island when I order stuffs.

  • Raj Giandeep

    Member
    August 15, 2021 at 5:03 am

    I’m in Utah. I personally would drive down with my dad to pick it up & start the first road trip with the mighty Aptera.

  • Derek Fowler

    Member
    August 15, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    You guys have it easy. I’m in New Zealand so I’m wondering about international deliveries. We obviously import all our cars here. I may talk to my local ev car sales and see if they are aware of Aptera and if they can facilitate the importation. My order is 7008 and is saying delivery 2022. I thought they may do US builds first before international but if mine is still saying next year, then maybe they are sticking to the order sequence. I guess we will hear more from Aptera as we get closer to the first builds going out. I’m also hoping mine is not the first in NZ so someone else can get the regulatory wheels oiled. (Sorry about the fossil metaphor ).

    • Gabriel Kemeny

      Moderator
      August 16, 2021 at 5:21 am

      Very likely all orders have a 2022 delivery date – that is unlikely to change till well into next year. In addition to a non-US configuration, you have the added hurdle of the team designing a right hand drive version – that may take a while.

      • Derek Fowler

        Member
        August 16, 2021 at 7:04 pm

        I hope you’re wrong about the delivery dates. I believe they have quite a few international orders and there are a number of right-hand drive countries around. I thought I read or heard the right hand drive configuration was not a big hurdle to overcome. Anyway, time will tell.

    • Cameron McGuinness

      Member
      September 18, 2021 at 6:16 am

      #4500 here in Australia… RHD model will be the last built I presume…. I’m expecting 2023.

  • Donald Kraper

    Member
    August 16, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Have been considering a factory delivery and driving to south florida. Would be great to meet the team members, it would be a fun trip/experience, and would probably get some good exposure for the car.

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    August 16, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    I’m still hoping for either giant electric drones or unicorn-drawn wagons: Please do not disabuse me of my dreams…

  • Richard Marks

    Member
    September 10, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve been wondering if there will be some way to test drive before delivery? I’m in Ohio so would be great if they had some kind of traveling demo program.

    • kerbe2705

      Member
      September 10, 2021 at 3:55 pm

      At present Aptera has described a 7-day, 1000-mile, no-questions-asked return policy…

      It may very well fall to the volunteer “Aptera Brand Ambassadors” in each state to make their personal vehicles available for test-drives.

      I suspect, though, that Aptera will be visiting major auto and EV events around the country once production starts.

  • Ron Ledohowski

    Member
    September 10, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Speediest & easiest for ours. Husband AND wife both purchasing fully optioned. Marketing opportunity? Tell me “ours” are ready & we’ll go “wherever” we need to. ????

    Dreaming of those (two) identical Aptera “introductions” & subsequent road trip(s) home; well documented & live.

    I’m like a kid. Can’t wait!

  • Loren Gilbert

    Member
    September 10, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    I live in a rural area southwest of Denver and the sales tax rate here is 4%. The sales tax rate in San Diego is 7.75%. I would love to fly out to San Diego and pick up my Aptera at the factory, meet the team, and have a really nice road trip home but the difference in sales tax would amount to $1245 based on my current configuration, and then there is the cost of the air fare to San Diego as well. I’m not sure that it makes sense for me to do a factory pick-up. Maybe the best thing for me is to take delivery here in Colorado and then one day drive out to San Diego to meet the team.

  • John Malcom

    Member
    September 16, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    A reminder/summary for all. Aptera will sell the vehicles directly. No dealers (Good because where I live, dealer fees are astronomical) If you pick it up at the factory, you will pay CA tax regardless of what state it will reside in. Of course, if picking up from a factory somewhere else, the rules of that location apply. A poster who lives in a state other than CA but buys cars in CA, says you can hire a service to drive the car over the state line and process the sale to avoid the CA tax. Perhaps chances to test drive at various locations, but if not then the great Aptera return policy will save the day.

    • kerbe2705

      Member
      September 16, 2021 at 9:20 pm

      Tesla vehicles are purchased online and the purchasers pay the sales tax in their own state – they don’t pay the sales tax where the vehicle is produced. I’m thinking the only way you’d pay CA sales tax is if you went to CA with cash or your checkbook and purchased the Aptera there: Delivery or pick-up shouldn’t play into it.

      • John Malcom

        Member
        September 16, 2021 at 10:28 pm

        Ken, are you from CA and can you confirm that if a vehicle is purchased on line and delivery is at factory in San Diego, with the home state outside of CA that no fees need to be paid to CA?

        • Arlen Bell

          Member
          October 11, 2021 at 7:03 pm

          This delivery and sales tax issue needs to be worked out. I’m in New Jersey which exempts EV’s from sales tax. Shipping to New Jersey is going to be outrageously expensive unless it can somehow ship in bulk on a modified car carrier. I thought a solution might be to ship on rail car vehicle carriers. However, all I’ve found so far is a maximum vehicle width of 84 inches. I’m wondering if it’s feasible to ship Aptera crated with the front wheels detached? Still potentially complicated, but someone needs to be working on delivery and the tax considerations. We need some top notch legal/tax expert working on this.

    • Kelley Winters

      Member
      September 19, 2021 at 3:26 pm

      I purchased my Bolt (a decision I lived to regret) in Colorado and drove it to my residence in southern California. The sale was documented by the Colorado dealer as a California transaction. I did not pay Colorado sales tax, although I was charged a small state registration fee for the temporary license tags. I paid the enormous California sales tax and registration when I arrived home. My only penalty was that I was not eligible for a California EV cash incentive because I did not purchase my car from a California dealer. However, the Colorado price was lower than California prices for the same car by more than the amount of state incentives, so I came out ahead.

      I’m an engineer nerd and don’t give tax advice, but my understanding is that vehicle sales taxes are paid to the state of residence where the car is registered, not at the point of purchase. I’m happy to be corrected if this is wrong.

  • Danny Mattijetz

    Member
    September 16, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    I’m ready for mine now. My Leaf has been in the shop for three weeks. It needs to have a water pump replaced. I didn’t even know it had a water pump, but that’s what they said. The part has to come from Tennessee (I’m in LA). We thought the part made it to LA last week, but that was wrong. Latest info says October 4. Once in LA it gets FedEx’d to Ontario. Then a day to do the work. Maybe I’ll see the car between five and six weeks. Can I have my Aptera now please?

  • Philip Raymond

    Member
    September 16, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    I’ll gladly fly out to San Diego to pick it up and hopefully, tour the plant as well. Then drive it back to Chicago, via Dallas, where my son and grandson will get a ride in it.

  • Joshua Rosen

    Member
    September 17, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Delivery is the easy part of the problem, I assume they’ll just ship it to you on a car carrier. That will be more convenient than going to a dealer to pick it up. My two concerns are how will they offer test drives and how will they handle service. I won’t buy a car I haven’t driven and once I have it I want to have a means of servicing it aside from putting it on a truck and shipping it to California. Rangers can only do so much, there has to be a garage somewhere that can do more serious work. I’d like to see them set up a system where they can qualify, provide training for, and authorize independent garages. I’d also like for them to be proactive and reach out to repair shops that are already handling EVs. For example call Electrified Garage, which has one shop in New Hampshire and two in Florida, and setup a formal authorized repair agreement with them.

  • Philip Raymond

    Member
    September 17, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Joshua brings up some very good points and I thought of one other possible option for providing service for Aptera. Perhaps AAA would be willing to work with Aptera on vetting independent garages for Aptera service, like they already do for ice vehicles? I don’t know if they already screen for EV service in general, but I don’t believe they do. AAA is a privately held not-for-profit entity in the U.S., but I do believe there are other similar auto clubs in other countries that could do the same thing, I just don’t know them by name.

    • John Malcom

      Member
      September 17, 2021 at 12:10 pm

      The first step in such a process would be to define the criteria for vetting. This is a complex technical analysis process. Of course Aptera Engineering and Production are the only ones qualified to do this task. This criteria is usually based on a detailed reliability analysis at the part/system level to determine component failure rates (FR). It then might move to determine the time between failures (MTBF) and how long it would take to make a repair of that kind of failed component. (MTTR). All of these are men (Average) times with a statistical distribution that describes each one. The next level up is at a system component level. Multiple failures at the same time either related or unrelated. The final major thing to determine is how many of each kind of part to have on hand based on the above calculations for one vehicle times the expected number of vehicles that might require repair services. Of course the logistic people have to determine the sources of the parts and the lead time to order then to get them either to a warehouse or the repair facilities in sufficient time and quanties that the customers do not need to wait for a part. In the case of Aptera, it seems this will be a central site with overnight shipping.

      Perhaps all of this is part of their plan. perhaps it isn’t. But only very few of us on the forum have the the background knowledge, or the knowledge of Aptera Engineering and Production to legitimately evaluate Aptera’s approach to warranty and repair service until we see more detail.

      Lets leave the particular handwringing to the professionals at Aptera until we have enough information for us a nontechnical people to make a valid assessment.

  • Peter Jorgensen

    Member
    September 17, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Standard flatbed is apparently 102 inches – So Aptera will fit easily – since the wheel footprint is around 80″. Now, I don’t know if that’s the most cost effective for mass deliveries…

    • kerbe2705

      Member
      September 18, 2021 at 11:55 am

      I’m still bucking for either giant electric drones or unicorn-pulled flatbed wagons, but it’s difficult to type while wearing these restraints… ????

    • CLIFFORD WILLIAMS

      Member
      December 20, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      I am hoping to pick mine up using a trailer like that pulled behind my Mercedes Sprinter 3500 RV. It should make a great back up battery. We hope to head for Alaska next year if production is in time. Not sure how strong the sunshine is but almost 24 hours a day should not hurt. A hover craft platform powered off the wheels would be nice as well.

      • GLENN ZAJIC

        Member
        December 23, 2021 at 9:56 pm

        Hovercraft Clifford? I was picturing skis on front and snowmobile type track driven by the rear wheel. Kind of a triangular track that I bet you have seen on modified vehicles.

  • Kelley Winters

    Member
    September 19, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    I was a San Diegan for many years and totally look forward to picking up my Aptera in my former home city. In fact, I operated my open-source software venture from the Hera Hub women’s business incubator in Sorrento Valley–just a couple miles from Aptera’s office.

  • Lilie Bufford

    Member
    October 8, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Honestly, I would (more than willing) want to just pick it up at their physical location, and drive it along the whole coast to my home in Seattle. Getting that experience would be way more exciting than a delivery via truck or freight.

    Which begs the question, will aptera provide the option of picking up ones vehicle at the facility or physical location?

    • OZ (It’s OZ, Just OZ)

      Member
      October 9, 2021 at 9:18 am

      I remember seeing a remark frim Aptera along the line of, they would allow for people to pick up from the factory, also with the possibility of a discount on the price with the cost savings that would create. (That was quite a ways back, so their thoughts on that might have changed.

    • Allan Sjogren

      Member
      January 11, 2022 at 7:08 pm

      Lilie: I too would pick up in San Diego and drive up the coast back to Seattle. Question – did you add solar options? I did not and I am wondering if I made a poor decision. My parking area in Shoreline has a lot of trees surrounding it. In late fall, winter, and early sprint the solar would be close to zero.

  • James Lee

    Member
    December 19, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    I read an article on yahoo the other day

    Aptera aims to build 4000 vehicles in 2022 , that means roughly 8000 preorders will go into 2023 and 2024

    • John Malcom

      Member
      December 19, 2021 at 5:05 pm

      All speculation at this point until Aptera provides official production guidance for 2022/2023 and even that is subject to change. Many variables most of which are out of Aptera’s control In play.

    • kerbe2705

      Member
      December 19, 2021 at 9:56 pm

      The most recent number is “over 15,000” preorders.

    • Joshua Rosen

      Member
      December 20, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      They aren’t orders they are reservations that put you on a priority list. Nobody is obligated to buy the car and Aptera isn’t obligated to deliver any particular configuration or to meet the price listed on the reservation. What’s more it’s only a token amount for the reservation. The actual conversion rate to real orders when they are ready to ship is unknown but it won’t be anywhere near 100%, I’d guess 10-20% but I’m just pulling that number out of my ass. If they can really build 4000 in 2022, I’m skeptical but would love to be proved wrong, then your chance of being able to get one next year are pretty good no matter what your reservation number is. Even for reservations that do convert to orders lots of them won’t do it immediately, many people will want to wait until they get the worst bugs out, count me in that camp.

  • Ron Ledohowski

    Member
    December 20, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    It ends up being “semantics” in the end and previously discussed in depth in some threads already.

    BTW, you can check on your “orders” with this link available on the site. It will take you to your configuration and “preorder”.

  • Guy SKEER

    Member
    December 20, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    For “Delivery”, I would be willing to Make the First and Only Exception to My personal rule to “Never Set Foot in CaCaLand Again”, after I left in 1994. I will Drive Mine back to Seattle/Tacoma Area.

    I am particularly well suited to be an Early Owner: Engineering Degree, Aircraft Builder/Owner, Container Crane Maintenance Department Supervisor, MotorCycle/Automobile/Sailboat Racer, Electronic Kit Builder from Tubes to ICs, Computer Builder and More…I can Weld. Test Equipment Galore, From DC to AC even up to 1.3GHz, up to 2500Amps…22KV or less.

    I am Confident, having made the transition from Analog to Digital in My Career (1971-2003) several Times over: (Merchant Marine Ships’ Enginerooms, Container Cranes, and in Amateur Radio Operations) – that I will be able to handle almost anything Going Wrong with My Aptera. (I also have worked on Composite Aircraft Fuselage Kits’ Construction as well)

    Cue “Dire Straits”, playing the tune “I Want My MTV”<Gritting My Teeth> I Want My Ap ter a!

  • my_discord_number_is_0328 bloody stupid

    Member
    December 20, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    a aptera can follow other apteras with self driving software like virtual traincars. basically easier driving then semitruck and less costly, and it can allow 1 driver x amount of passengers if u buy 2 apteras instead of a 4 door, and 2 drivers can goto different places at once. 2 seaters are future not 4 seaters in a future of 2 or more workers per household instead of one b/c living cost, aptera should last as long or at least the chassis will, where its repurposed with updated powertrain after current battery degrades to death.

  • James Lee

    Member
    December 23, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    I wonder if the current rate of inflation of 6.8% and rising will affect the price of the vehicle if they stretch the order deliveries much past 2022 into say 2024

    ( in the update they say end of 2022 ) for the first deliveries

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