MemberDecember 1, 2021 at 1:37 am
I placed a preorder for an aptera on December 5 and have gained a lot of insight into high efficiency solar cars within that time. I’ve also changed my expectations of aptera as more information has been released. Have any of you changed your opinion of aptera?
2022 will be even bigger as aptera turns out many more beta vehicles. I am hopeful that the first delivery can be completed by this time next year. What’s one big piece of information you hope to learn in the next year about your future aptera? I hope by this time next year I get “your aptera is ready to pick up” email.
ModeratorDecember 1, 2021 at 5:18 am
I rediscovered Aptera, as Aptera Motor Corporation now, in August 2019, just by a curious internet search that day. I was bitten my Aptera in the 2005-2011 time period when I also had a ride in the 2e. So my interest is long and deep.
And even back then, living some 3000 miles away from Carlsbad, I knew I would have to be patient as even being able to make a reservation for an Aptera was not known????
????Luckily in Dec 2020 I was able to place a pre order reservation, with the original founders at control! I hold a low two digit reservation number. I now live much closer to the new company/new Carlsbad manufacturing location.
As Aptera has said…. It is a better time to make an Aptera.
What no one knew since then….was the ????pandemic and what that impact would be, add the supply challenges, which impact just about everything. “Life!”as they say! So I guess I need to try to stay healthy and safe in this crazy world ???? rewarding myself with an Aptera as things continue to advance… although never as fast as one would like.
I am not a young dude, so I face this reality with all my free time. Thinking back when I worked every day, traveled the world as part of that requirement…. This may have been easier to pass the days.
Hang in there! Beta should be interesting to follow, a least for me…getting me through understanding how all this unique Aptera technology will come together before it is mine!
I have never had the opportunity to “follow along” as my car came together. Handmade … at that!
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ModeratorDecember 1, 2021 at 5:50 am
Appreciate hearing about your story, Leonard. Also thanks to Riley for starting this thread. I’m a newbie to the reservation queue as I made my pre-order on September 3, 2021. As I thrash around with my impatience, I can console myself with the fact that many folks like yourselves have been camped out in the waiting line a lot longer!
MemberDecember 1, 2021 at 8:23 am
This is a good idea!
My initial contact with Aptera came in mid December last year when an engineering colleague of mine said I should take a look at it because it matched my obsession with optimization at the systems level. He was right. A few quick looks and I was hooked! and made my reservation.
Since then not disappointed. I learned about and developed admiration for their management; single focus on the efficiency goal at the systems level, background and experience, openness about the development of their product, and approach to generating capital. Like many others, learned a lot about the vehicles engineering. Some of those lessons applied in my work life in a similar domain.
For me the greatest feature is engineering resulting in greater reliability (Fewer things to break), performance(Range, and acceleration), and ease of production.
MemberDecember 1, 2021 at 11:18 am
Like Len, I was a follower and reservation holder during the early 2000 iteration, when that attempt fell through, I kept a vigil of searches up on the internet, in the hope that someone would pick up the torch. As much as many complain that Facebook knows too much about us, I was rewarded by the AI knowing of my interest, and posting a link to the just released Wefunder campaign for the new Aptera. I was there, my friends on that cold December morning last year, when the dedicated squads of Aptera loyalists fought a frenzied battle for a low number. I am now a very happy follower, ambassador, supporter, and Paradigm Plus reservation holder. Long live Aptera!
MemberDecember 1, 2021 at 11:45 am
I was a double reservation holder a dozen years ago. When all that fell apart ( and I received a complete refund ) I was still disappointed about the circumstances. When I totally stumbled across Aptera again about a year ago, I was disappointed that they had not contacted previous reservation holders to let us know they were back. Seems like they missed out on a bunch of early buyers if they would have contacted us. Also, speaking for myself only, I would have invested in them earlier in this renewed company. Maybe they didn’t have access to that earlier database. Water under the bridge now. Since that time my opinion of Aptera has only gotten better. The product has only improved as have the technologies making this an even better time for them to go forward. There has never, to my knowledge, been a company so open about their development and progress towards manufacturing. Oh, for sure there have been scammers and hustlers just trying to get investment money, but not anyone doing what Aptera is doing for all the right reasons. They have my complete faith and confidence as they persevere in this fantastic mission.
ModeratorDecember 1, 2021 at 12:23 pm
Glenn, thanks for sharing your Aptera story. It confirms my own positive opinion about the deliberate, open, and systematic way they are proceeding.
MemberDecember 1, 2021 at 4:35 pm
Welcome aboard! We need and appreciate all the positives!
MemberDecember 1, 2021 at 7:55 pm
I was a reservation holder during the previous iteration of Aptera, and I did get a notification through email using the old email address I was using at that time. I don’t use it often, but I do still check it occasionally. That was the only way I knew to go out and check up on the current status. And I am now, once again, a reservation holder.
MemberDecember 1, 2021 at 9:03 pm
Don’t forget the message you’ll receive asking you for a percentage deposit to confirm your reservation! ???? I expect it to be at least 20% of the purchase price.