Solar cell production/revenue
I thought I read that Aptera developed and produced their own solar cells. While this is probably a pilot line and not full blown production, what have they been doing with them? Stockpiling? Idling the line?
Working backwards from the cost of the solar options Aptera will charge approximately $1 per watt. ($4 per 4 watt square) A good deal on a stationary rectangular panel in bulk might be $.50 per watt. So they can’t compete directly. Mind you the Aptera itself is the frame/substrate so this isn’t exactly Apples to Apples.
Still the pricing is very specific and not bad for a very durable cell. I would assume that they have at least a 20% margin on the solar panel options. So they expect their cost to be $.84 per watt or less. Many consumer solar products are in the $4 per watt range.
Might this be a revenue source? Even if they couldn’t compete with Alibaba they might be a novelty product. Sell them for $20 each. Light up an LED Aptera insignia or something.