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  • Aptera Update Videos

     Jonah Jorgenson updated 1 month ago 37 Members · 90 Posts
  • kerbe2705

    Member
    September 10, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Chris shares info about the Beta prototypes and seems to promise a completed Luna Alpha prototype in time for September 20’s full moon! News update with info about Beta prototype tooling, construction modularization and the promise of the “Luna” alpha prototype by the next full moon on September 20. https://youtu.be/iNASzzARVJA

    • This discussion was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by  Gabriel Kemeny.
    • This discussion was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by  Gabriel Kemeny.

  • Len Nowak

    Moderator
    September 10, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Nice!

    Glad to see they are trying to lighten their long days with chips ( Comfort Food ) but I think we better get healthier alternatives to them so they are their for us longterm

    No one wants chip oil on their new Aptera either.

    Well they are *young! Enjoy! I was *there once????

  • Riley …

    Member
    November 1, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Nice update

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK-aamqGZS4

    What are your guys take on the production floor plan? Looks so simple they could have many of these production lines set up all over the world.

  • Curtis Cibinel

    Member
    November 1, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Without more details and resolution it’s hard to get any information from this. The 2 large machines might be molds.

    Does each station assemble a full car or is it an assembly line? Aptera has a unique design and efficient production by hand will be hard.

    It is unclear if this is the layout to scale to 10k per year (about 35 per day).

  • Peter Jorgensen

    Member
    November 1, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    It’s a final assembly and battery assembly line. I don’t see any molds or layup equipment. The bodies are most likely built somewhere else then the vehicle itself is assembled on this line then rolled out the door. About half robotic, half manual. This is well done – there’s a lot of work put into this.

  • Curtis Cibinel

    Member
    November 2, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Aptera Owners Club covered this on his youtube and seems to have managed to get a little higher quality scrape.

    He also asked what these (pictured) are? (I have a theory but wont post it to keep people’s minds open)
    Do we think they will 3d print the actual parts?

    • Llewellyn Evans

      Member
      November 3, 2021 at 2:14 am

      It is a MASSIVE 3d printer. Look how far the bed goes beyond the curtain. I also notice some big prints behind the curtain …. wonder what they are.

    • Davis Edwards

      Member
      November 3, 2021 at 7:56 am

      Great to see the latest update! I count 21 vehicle stations in the overall floorplan.

      My guess for the 3D print is the basis for a large mold for the rear-end bodywork. It definitely looks like something with a Left and Right mirrored component. I doubt it would be suspension arms since those appear to be cast metal and would likely not use this negative mold and 3D printing. I cropped the photo and put together a couple of pieces. Not 100% sure though

  • Ray Holan

    Moderator
    November 5, 2021 at 5:38 am

    I think it’s critical that Aptera keeps up the flow of updated information about their progress. This level of transparency increases their credibility.

    For a time, I was intrigued with the Elio but quickly lost confidence as the company “went dark” and multiple months went by without any word about progress. Look where they are now years after announcing their vehicle: a still vacant ex-GM plant in Louisiana and scrabbling to get back in the game with an EV version of their original ICE design. Can’t imagine many prospective Elio reservation holders willing to jump back in with this new version of their vehicle. Once burned, twice careful.

  • Peter Jorgensen

    Member
    November 15, 2021 at 11:55 am

    Are those coilovers on the front suspension? And they’re set all the way down right now? So adjust them to the other end and it would lift the aptera – is that right?

    • GLENN ZAJIC

      Member
      November 15, 2021 at 4:37 pm

      They are hanging in the air and have no load on them in this video.

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    November 19, 2021 at 10:13 am

    November 19 video with Aptera designer Jason Hill https://youtu.be/EH8MT93fEyc

  • Paul Kirchner

    Member
    November 19, 2021 at 10:39 am

    I am looking forward to see how they implement the changes they’re learning as they go through the build phases.

    • Lou Verner

      Member
      November 19, 2021 at 11:12 am

      Most of time spent on Codex and Vida, would liked to have seen better look at Coast as I’m still undecided as to which I like best. I’m sure there’ll be better look at interior choices as we get closer to production.

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    December 22, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Nothing new here… https://youtu.be/vlNTyI_Fq7U

  • John Malcom

    Member
    December 22, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Thanks for sending the notice out with the link to alert forum members!????

    Was hoping for more specifics.

    – Looks like three months Feb/Mar timeframe for Production facility buildout complete. That means three to four months before projected production vehicle. builds possible. Good to know that the facility will not be the long pole in the tent for a production schedule.

    – Had hoped Beta was further along

    – Would like to know what percentage of supply chain agreements are complete and an expected 100% completion date.

    – 100 people not a lot for all that is going on. Pretty thin coverage

    To much of the program manager in me I guess.

    I am assuming the Sol seen zipping along in the production facility is the one going to CES in early Jan. Good to see an Aptera out in the public eye for the first time but hope it does not cause a delay in Dev/Production schedule with the people supporting the show.

    Aptera has produced miracles in the past so I trust them to pull the rabbit out of the hat again. Always appreciate them taking the time for transparency.

  • Quincy

    Administrator
    December 22, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Reporting from Aptera’s Beta development facility, Co-CEO Chris Anthony gives a progress report on all things Aptera. Watch the full video for the first glimpse of our Beta vehicles, a sneak peak of our 80,000 square foot production facility, and an update on the delivery of our first vehicles. Enjoy!

    Aptera Update — December 2021

  • Steven G. Bueche

    Member
    December 23, 2021 at 8:54 am

    @:20 did he say, “Adding roll cages for safety” ?

    I don’t recall ever hearing about roll cages before.

    Anyone have information about this? Will the production ones have cages or are they for crash testing only?

    • Peter Jorgensen

      Member
      December 27, 2021 at 7:19 am

      Not for crash testing – For the track car. This is a track and handling car they are making to prove out suspension at the drag strip and race track.

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    December 28, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    I would like to know how they handle track testing for handling and suspension. I believe the suspensions were designed by Roush. I assume Roush will be doing the evaluation.

    Would Roush be doing the driving with lots of cameras and equipment? Probably.

    While new model four-wheel vehicles come out all the time, vehicles as unique as Aptera do not. I suspect there are a lot of people interested in the vehicle-dynamics of the Aptera.

    • kerbe2705

      Member
      December 28, 2021 at 8:53 pm

      We don’t know the nature of the relationship with Roush: It could be as simple as Roush critiquing Aptera’s plans or as involved and the scenario you describe. Considering the “consulting” role being played by Munro & Assoc., I wonder if the Roush relationship is much different…

  • OZ (It’s OZ, Just OZ)

    Member
    January 25, 2022 at 9:28 am
  • Peter Jorgensen

    Member
    January 25, 2022 at 10:55 am

    What size battery does the handling beta have? I wonder if it’s the final pack or a dummy pack from a Volt or something?

    • kerbe2705

      Member
      January 25, 2022 at 9:23 pm

      The alphas all have 25 kWh – I’d venture this would be the same in the betas. The beta doesn’t use the passive belly radiator (that silver box up front is a radiator with fans) so I doubt that “final” is a word one could use to describe almost any component of the betas.

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    January 25, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    I see they have all three alpha vehicles there as well as the beta vehicle.

    I like the casual “feet up” position at time 0:10.

    Buttonwillow raceway had been mentioned before, but they went to Chuckwalla instead which is much closer. Perhaps they mentioned Buttonwillow to throw people off and not try to find them and watch. (I am that kind of person.) I suspect all testing is done.

  • GLENN ZAJIC

    Member
    January 25, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Was a little hard to see but it did not look like there was much leaning in the corners. Probably the result of anti-sway bar? Was hard to judge the speed in these turns but it looked good!

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    January 25, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    When the view is from the camera car in front of the Aptera, it shows the horizon sloping, meaning the camera car is leaning.

    However, at time 1:08, the camera is inside the beta vehicle and the horizon stays flat, meaning the beta vehicle is not leaning! The vehicle is staying very flat!

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    February 4, 2022 at 8:41 am

    Can testing a Beta beconsidered to be “beta testing”? 😏 https://youtu.be/5wi9xEVH6mU

  • Llewellyn Evans

    Member
    February 4, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    This is going to be a drivers car once they tune it up.

    It looks like it goes like a rocket now ….. just imagine what it will be like when it is tuned up and finalised. Aptera is going to be HEAPS of fun to drive.

  • David Marlow

    Member
    February 4, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    Fantastic video showing real improvements, makes it really worth waiting for.

    When the production versions are tested with direct comparisons to other two passenger vehicles I think we will see it doing better than all priced at less than two or three times as much. The orders will start poring in when those comparisons are published. Some others may have a higher top speed, but how often do you drive at over100 mph?

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    February 4, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Has anyone noticed at time 0:36 the inner wheel becomes airborne, lifting off the pavement? It then bounces when it comes down, goes back up, and becomes airborne again. The second airborne is difficult to see, but it happens.

    To see these, view it in Youtube, pause it at this time, and move the video forward and backwards one frame at a time by pressing the comma and period keys.

    • Paul Kirchner

      Member
      February 4, 2022 at 7:26 pm

      Isn’t this the purpose of the testing? To take things as far as they can to obtain real life data?

    • Curtis Cibinel

      Member
      February 4, 2022 at 8:47 pm

      The point is to find out how far they can push the car; that’s why they have professional drivers and the roll cage in this green beauty. Looks like some amazing progress.

      I know everything is in progress but I would love to know how fast they pulled off a moose test (iso double lane change); looking at the video and dimensions it looks like about 20 meters per second (45 mph / 72 kph). This would be a very solid pass and (pass is 60 kph) and exceed what most 4 wheel vehicles can do. That and crash testing are the two big ones to prove the Aptera is safe to people.

      Note: I watched the video at 1/4 speed and used a stopwatch to determine basically exactly 4.0 real seconds for the 3 middle sections of the test (30/25/25) which total 80 meters.

      Note: The record is 85 kph and has been held by a Citroën Xantia since 1999. EVs with regenerative breaking on during the test are kinda a grey area that the test criteria doesn’t really handle.

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    February 4, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Has anyone noticed the “grill” for the front (cooling)? The openings are laser cut images of the Aptera vehicle. Very nice.

    This is at time 1:03.

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