Seven Minute Ride in the Sol Alpha Prototype

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Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Seven Minute Ride in the Sol Alpha Prototype

  • Seven Minute Ride in the Sol Alpha Prototype

     Riley … updated 10 months ago 8 Members · 11 Posts
  • Thomas Bushaw

    February 4, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    This video was posted on YouTube today (2/4/22). It’s a 7 minute ride from the passenger’s seat; a drive around the neighborhood near Aptera’s headquarters in San Diego. It’s a fun ride! Bumpy and squeaky at times but, hey, it’s an alpha model! Can’t wait for more!

  • John Malcom

    February 5, 2022 at 1:15 am

    Grrrrrr of course we are all envious!! Looks like you need a Gsuit to ride in it because of the acceleration. Good to see the side and review cameras and Aptera interpretation of a glove box. Too excited to notice the squeaks and rattles. Looks like you edited out the throngs of people assaulting the vehicle to see more of it when you were stopping😉

    • Thomas Bushaw

      February 5, 2022 at 5:58 am

      Hi John, To give credit where credit is due (belatedly), the video was posted by “Aptera Ambassador” (PK Khetapal) on YouTube (and also on his Facebook group as noted by Oz Man. Unfortunately, neither PK nor the driver identified themselves in the video nor did he indicate when it was recorded (but, apparently, it was a while ago). Some sleuth may be able to figure it out by careful inspection of the video. 😊

  • Riley …

    February 5, 2022 at 1:52 am

    The split window isn’t as bad as I thought still good visibility, I do hope they move the rear view camera to the upper portion of the car and only use the lower backup camera on the main screen the visual disconnect is disorienting looking up and seeing what’s actually lower.

    • kerbe2705

      February 8, 2022 at 6:36 am

      The “rear view mirror” camera is in the roof, above the rear hatch. The “back up” camera is below the license plate on the rear of the vehicle. “Back up” cameras are required to show the area behind and beneath the rear bumper (children, animals and other obstructions not visible in rear or side-view mirrors).

      • Riley …

        February 8, 2022 at 7:44 am

        In the video it shows the rear view camera using the backup cameras feed. I am sure it’s only for the alpha prototype but am concerned they may decide that’s it’s a good cost saver and ship it on the final product.

  • Noddy Gay

    February 5, 2022 at 1:58 am

    – Ride & road noise need refinement;

    – Rear view cameras totally work

    – Oh steering on wrong side, please fix


  • Len Nowak

    February 5, 2022 at 5:23 am


    Yes only the Alpha, the second built, before the suspension enhancement mentioned with the beta models. Of course those are open models “ so far”. So not able to understand improvements that relate to less rattles, etc , right now.

    My ride in June 2021 was in Sol, with a lot less miles on it, and I was ONLY in the headquarter parking lot.

    As John mentioned, I too was “so impressed” and I may not have noticed rattles for that same reason😍

    I am not sure where they had the microphone attached during this ride and if a *window was opened slightly, all which may factor into what we watched ( *The cross traffic noise louder than expected.)

    It might be nice to have the driver or passenger wear a helmet camera for a realistic experience, securing the microphone in a static central roof area, if not presently there.

    I recall the whine of the wheel motors more outside the Sol when it accelerated away, when I was outside in the parking lot, awaiting my ride,

    Remember…the Sol is …

    👉only the FWD ( 0-60 in 5.5 sec 😮, which is more than most need )

    👉 The solar is not on the hatch ( no models so far” ) I imagine that will obscure / reduce reflection/ glare on the screens. ( I have all my side and back windows tinted in my cub cab truck, in sunny AZ, and glare on my large center mounted screen has never been noticeable.

    I reserved full solar.

    I will tint the side door glass of my Aptera to max allowed state tint percentage ( important in AZ ) And my tint Specialist can’t wait to apply on an Aptera😉

    🤔 I may even have him apply the tinted stepwise, first- applied to top section of each door then test drive around assessing inside results and outside appearance before committing to the full side door glass

    The fact that the side view and rear view mirror camera lens will not be behind the tint film itself…should be good for that vision system

    Last I heard… driver side will have a camera plus the ^mirror( that seems may be ^needed to comply )

    I am use to do my present viewing through tinted window and the Aptera’s side view inside screen should pop/ be nice to view being shaded from our intense sun.

    • John Malcom

      February 6, 2022 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks for reminding all that the Sol is an Alpha that has been driven quite a bit. Wish that point had been made more in the drive/video. Unfortunately, the passenger had a hand mike that he put in front of the driver. Some time OK but generally not.

      Some really good ideas/hints here from somebody with experience in a VERY sunny area!

      I will try the step-wise approach here in FL. Certainly not as brutal as AZ (Lived in Phoenix) but still severe enough to experiment with. The information is useful for all that will have to deal with a hot sunny climate.

  • David Marlow

    February 6, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    I suspect that the harsh ride in Sol is due to a stiff setup of the suspension to make it as stable as possible without the antiroll bar.

    As we have seen the beta suspension is much better and can be setup for a better ride and have better handling, So when they have that done we will see a video of the near final version. Also it would be nice to now if the final version will be adjustable.

  • Elzo Stubbe

    February 8, 2022 at 4:40 am

    At 1:08 in the video look at the reflection in the GUI. One can clearly see who the driver is…..

    I think its Daniel Morris, the designated test driver….(His voice at 1:37 compared to the makers series can be recoqnized easily)

    The video was made 7 months ago…(reply Ambassador himself)

    • This reply was modified 10 months ago by  Elzo Stubbe. Reason: put in 1:08
    • This reply was modified 10 months ago by  Elzo Stubbe.
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