Why would anyone buy a 2022 model vehicle that WON’T be delivered until 2023 at the earliest? Even the major automakers label models produced in mid to late year as the following year models. Examples: my 1990 Miata was built on June 2, 1989 (I bought it in July 1989) and my 2005 VW Jetta was built in November 2004. I believe there will be only ONE “production” vehicle built AND sold in 2022 and that will be sold to an Aptera employee.
I have seen manufacturers designate their vehicles for the following year, as early as January 1st, especially with a totally new model. I believe this is federally controlled and manufacturers take advantage of the timing of the release of their vehicle. Something so futuristic doesn’t half to be relegated to earlier year designation.
Here, I’d like to see Aptera follow the Tesla model and not hardly talk about year. The traditional model of significant differences between years kills a continuous improvement process. In Tesla world, the advice is generally to buy when you are ready and not wait for a new model year. VIN numbers do in fact tell a year (my Nov 14, 2020 build Model Y has a 2021 VIN, but just barely), but what’s always more important is what features have been included.