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  • Aptera Update Videos

     John Malcom updated 1 month ago 73 Members · 246 Posts
  • kerbe2705

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

  • Len Nowak

    September 10, 2021 at 6:08 pm


    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????

  • Ron Ledohowski

    September 10, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Betya someone sent them in to them. An Aptera fan and placeholder passing on bribes for prioritized delivery? LOL

    BTW: You’ll top out with a 999mi range if you’re not careful. ????

  • Riley …

    November 1, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Nice update


    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.

  • G Johns

    November 1, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Now that’s a Reveal. Very good info. Enjoyable to watch. Thanks.

  • Curtis Cibinel

    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).

    • Hans Roes

      November 2, 2021 at 12:13 pm

      The way this is laid out, it is an assembly line. Big parts arrive at the front of the line on the right and the vehicles move through the 10 stations to be assembled and then you can follow the lines on the left to filling fluids and computer testing to end up with water ingress testing and spot repairs at the bottom before exiting.

      The smaller line on top appears to be battery manufacturing given the labels, to the left of that is what I assume to be HVAC assembly.

  • Joel Smith

    November 1, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Already watched it a couple of times. Now that’s what I want to see! Okay, maybe what I really want is to be smiling from behind the wheel of my own, but this will do for now.

  • Peter Jorgensen

    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.

  • David Marlow

    November 2, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Great video, lots of new info in this one.

    Can’t wait to see the bare Betas, without the beatifying wraps. These are meant to be test fixtures for many tests and fitting of production parts.


    November 2, 2021 at 1:58 am

    And CRASHES!!! Can’t wait to see videos of those!! Will be happy and sad at the same time!!

    • Lou Verner

      November 2, 2021 at 6:39 am

      YES! Keep these updates comin’ please! We are hungry wolves and need to be fed once a month at the least!

  • Curtis Cibinel

    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?

    • Paul Hackett

      November 2, 2021 at 10:00 am

      They appear to be 3d print molds for the suspension.

    • Llewellyn Evans

      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

      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

  • John Trotter

    November 3, 2021 at 6:36 am

    Any idea where paint might be? Or, film/wrap application? Or parts and product storage for that matter. (“just-in-time” has gotten a bad rap lately!)

    • Peter Jorgensen

      November 3, 2021 at 7:14 am

      I’m guessing the body-in-white comes into the facility already wrapped. Station 2 says stuff about the Body so I’m guessing station 1 is load battery tray on assembly line, station 2 is load body on top of battery tray, and so on.

  • Justin Mayer

    November 4, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Wow! Great video. Awesome to see the latest suspension right before our eyes. I can’t imagine some company like Ford offering videos like this…….”and here are the latest improvements on our F150 mirrors” !!!

  • Ray Holan

    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.

    • Paul Kirchner

      November 15, 2021 at 7:24 pm

      I agree about being transparent. I for one, and there must be many more like me, are a bit leery of whether they are actually going to be able to pull off a legitimate road worthy vehicle into production and for the company to survive. Many try, many fail at being so different than others.

      The more they can be upfront about everything, successes as well as failures, the better. Do not hide, do not obscure, do not go ghost. I’m okay with them saying, well, we need to rethink how x attaches to y. Just tell us, we’re adults here.

  • Peter Jorgensen

    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?


      November 15, 2021 at 4:37 pm

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

      • Peter Jorgensen

        November 16, 2021 at 7:45 am

        That’s a good point – so they are probably all the way down because that puts less pressure on the springs. But it’s still adjustable which has me excited.

  • Ed Hansen

    November 15, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    The more I see these videos, the more I look forward to my Aptera!

  • kerbe2705

    November 19, 2021 at 10:13 am

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

  • Paul Kirchner

    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

      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.

  • my_discord_number_is_0328 bloody stupid

    November 19, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    -basic aesthetic:

    function over form is more timeless art form vs the usual art, and in this case it prolly saves money, weight etc. replace dashboard mass with structural bar shaped as not round, so accessory holder is screw clamped onto it for holding phones with app instead of built in screen and infotainment. so lower cost plus race car appearance similar to bmw m4 GTS concept. this minimalism can also celebrate inner functions of car ie. show off the airbag module under tinted cover, the wires going around, high voltage cable etc, ac/heater switches are same color as thermal venting tubes and blowing direction changing switch, while audio swicthes and speaker another color, etc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Nh_vxpycEA moss supported air filter system supposedly low maintenance and white/grey color but they decided to color it green in sion solar car.

    -Personalizable variable Aesthetics: plug and play optional accessories such as device holder for phone acting as infotainment, etc, screw in and out aesthetics texture/light/art display panels (wood stone crystal cloths etc).


    https://www.motoringresearch.com/car-news/google-maps-eco-routing-motorists/ another reason to make it app based.

    option to not have thus not pay for infotainment and phone app and programmable voice command with optional USB/bluetooth microphone enhancer for people with too much low quality microphone built into their device which dont work for voice command under loud speaker noise, wind noise, occupant noise, and optional physical dials via small wire that make dial movement push wire a minimal amount of pixles up/down screen to communicate volume/AirCon/heater/radio(whatever user programs it to be with GUI) instead,

    general use GUI organizes audio volume, audio file group, AirConditioning/heater in one page (the quick adjustment while driving stuff), and another page is like to use page with UI to preset what audio file groups/ radio channel is playing, etc. another page maybe for electric seat presets and making presets b/c even presets arnt changed often.

    ( stuff that requires more focus to setup, so its done in a stop light or by passenger)

    apple i phone notifications style semi automatic webpage scrolling system for viewing notifications, is used to swipe screen between pages with a small scroll so u dont have to be precise in scrolling onto a page like u do with a laptop mouse pad on a touch screen on bumpy ride while mainly focusing on driving.

    optional physical dials via small wire that make dial movement push wire a minimal amount of pixles up/down screen to communicate volume/AirCon/heater/radio(whatever user programs it to be with GUI)

    -G-Force meter? which is teh most prominent display b/c it shows where the limit of grip of car probaly is based on algorithim with Gforce sensor and tire data when installing tire, to help idetify the limit of car in minimum time so one can drive as fast as he wants quicker, which is good for getting places quicker and fun but also to allow carrying more momentun around turns so less degenerating electrics with regenerative braking, less brake pad use, and overal better energy effeincy than braking and speeding up again. also notice how hypermiling is similar to racing on limited fuel: you have to get to places on time while using minimum fuel, including things liek building momentum slowly and maintaining it inluding around turns, building momentum quicker on even slightest downhills to take advatanage of gravity to build momentum with less energy, etc

    strap down storage: <font face=”inherit”>-STORAGE: cargo net with some locker device to keep things strapped to walls like a hoodie sweater locker or a dial lock in similar to a door locker and thread with beads with holes to lock into. very flexible lighter cheaper compact alternative to door cubbys, etc while keeping objects from </font>flying<font face=”inherit”> around in gforces. </font>https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0838Y5XHY

  • kerbe2705

    December 22, 2021 at 8:55 am

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

  • John Malcom

    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.

  • Pistonboy Delux

    December 22, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Very good video. Far more interesting than previous ones.

    I am surprised. They hired some people that were not kids!

  • Pistonboy Delux

    December 22, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Is that a new seat at time 0:28 and 0:29 ?


    • kerbe2705

      December 30, 2021 at 10:06 pm

      No – not a new seat design.

    • John Wiley

      December 31, 2021 at 6:26 am

      My guess is that we are looking at a one-off unique seat placed in this beta vehicle for safety while pushing the limits of suspension testing. Same with the role bar.

  • Guy SKEER

    December 22, 2021 at 11:33 am

    What a Glorious Christmas Gift to all of Us!

    Merry Christmas to All involved in making MY APTERA! Happy New Year!

    Wish I could Do More to Help things along…

    Again, My Thanks –

    Guy Skeer

  • Quincy

    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

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