Sun visors?

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Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Sun visors?

  • Sun visors?

     Jonah Jorgenson updated 2 months ago 23 Members · 37 Posts
  • Laura Batchelor

    Member
    January 7, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Haven’t seen any discussion of sun visors on the forums, or any sign of them on videos… We really need them. Anyone know if they are planning on having them?

  • BRUCE MENGLER

    Member
    January 7, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    Well over a year I submitted a suggestion that the driver side have TWO sun visors so 1 could be positioned over the side window & the other face forward. This avoids having to manually switch the visor position when driving “into the sun” on a twisting road. I was informed it would be considered.

  • Len Nowak

    Moderator
    January 7, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    In their FAQ they said there will be sun visors.

    But no alpha vehicles seems to have them yet or not yet shown

  • John Malcom

    Member
    January 7, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Not a lot of engineering needed to include sun visors. Can easily wait for inclusion in a production version. Would prefer the engineering time be spent on solving major issues. I never use sun visors even though I live in FL. Use polarized sun glasses. I will be happy with whatever they include in production.

  • Lou Verner

    Member
    January 7, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Hate to disagree, John, but when low winter sun is directly in line of sight it can be blinding even with polarized lenses. A visor in those circumstances visor is literally a life-saver. Confident they’ll be on final vehicles!

    • John Malcom

      Member
      January 8, 2022 at 7:43 am

      OK. Probably true for most. My daughter would agree. I will put myself in a very, very, small minority. If not needed would not be So ubiquitous. My wife would say well, where else would they put a vanity mirror John????

    • John Malcom

      Member
      January 9, 2022 at 7:55 pm

      Lou,

      I posed the question and my response to a family dinner with guests today and got skewered! I recant my sun glasses post and endorse sun visors to restore some semblance of belief in my family that I have a brain in my head

      • Lou Verner

        Member
        January 11, 2022 at 5:03 pm

        John,

        Coming from the man who admittedly abhors small-sample-size data, your recantation is unexpectedly refreshing! 👏

      • Ray Holan

        Moderator
        January 12, 2022 at 2:19 pm

        I have to admit I’ve actually removed the sun visors from some of cars I’ve owned! Here in Ohio my sunglasses have never let me down. BTW, I removed the visors to give me a clearer line of sight. I’m tall in the torso and a couple of the cars I’ve owned just didn’t have the seat adjustment I preferred to give me maximum windshield viewing. To each his own.

  • Guy SKEER

    Member
    January 8, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    Airplane cockpits are SUNNY! at times. Sporty’s Pilot Shop (Online) has “Stick-On” Visors that You can trim to size and shape You might need. I will buy summa Doze.

  • Joshua Caldwell

    Member
    January 8, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    If they do a visor hopefully they have the version that extends by up to half a foot on a pole as in my Cadillac or by over a foot in my Freightliner. This makes a real difference in the ability to block the sun which could not be fully done in my old Ford.

  • Lord Chad Dunham

    Member
    January 9, 2022 at 9:01 am

    Let’s be honest here. What you call Sun visors are really receipt holders that have an unintended consequence of being positioned to block those UV rays.

  • Audra

    Administrator
    January 10, 2022 at 10:23 am

    Hi Laura,

    Great question! We are still working on an appropriate sun visor solution and we will have UV tint in all our windows but you may need to add more. Luckily most places don’t have motorcycle tint restrictions. We’ll be making updates to our online FAQ page as further progress is made. We appreciate your patience at this time and thank you for starting this discussion. Lots of important feedback here.

    Thank you!

    Audra

    • Laura Batchelor

      Member
      January 10, 2022 at 11:30 am

      Please, please make the visors so they can expand across the side window past the driver’s head. Our F150 has visors that are too short so we wind up sticking an old 9×13 envelope on the end, which looks really bad and is cumbersome. The sun in Florida is wicked when it’s low, doubly so when bouncing reflections off the water. UV film is not enough.

      • Audra

        Administrator
        January 12, 2022 at 1:45 pm

        Hi Laura,

        I have shared this information with the team! Thank you for your insights. We’re striving for the best sun visor solution for our future owners. Agreed – it’s especially important for those living in climates similar to that of Florida!

        Kind regards,

        Audra

        • Laura Batchelor

          Member
          March 4, 2022 at 11:36 am

          I just rented a Toyota Tundra truck (because they didn’t have the economy car I ordered on the lot), and it had visors that simply slid back and forth on the metal support rod. I was able to move it where needed in the side window. Nothing big, cumbersome, tricky or exotic, but it worked well.

  • my_discord_number_is_0328 bloody stupid

    Member
    January 10, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    how about repurposing a window suction phone holder by making some plastic panel that adapts to the holder so it can be held and by phone holder. the visor can fold out another panel with a hinge to extend to the top of the windows, so only 1 suction cup per occupant. it could be a heavily tinted panel so people can also see through it for more visibility at least for comfort sake. if more cover from sun is needed, one can put it in a foot sock or tie some cloth around it

    • Russell Fauver

      Member
      January 16, 2022 at 7:44 am

      Oh I like this idea! My commute is east in the am west in the pm so I’m always looking for a good way keep the sun out of my eyes. If you build it I’ll buy one… or two.

      • Steven G. Bueche

        Member
        March 5, 2022 at 1:59 pm

        I think I’ll use some sticky film to attach to the windshield for mine.

  • Joe Lyddon

    Member
    August 15, 2022 at 11:35 am

    I feel that sun visors are an absolute MUST! When the sun is situated to completely BLIND you, we need visors to help us SEE where we are going.

    They do not have to be ‘works of art’… Just enough to shade our eyes!

    Thank you!

    • Joe Lyddon

      Member
      September 29, 2022 at 11:41 pm

      The sun visor should have a multi-direction hinge: Flap Up/down – Visor Left or Right.

      On the Driver side, the hinge should be on Left side; able to swing Left to block side light.

      On the Passenger side, the hinge should be on the Right side; able to swing Right to block light.

      • Riley …

        Member
        September 30, 2022 at 2:11 am

        Thinking about it I actually never use my sun visors and whenever the sun is in my eyes I use driving sunglasses i believe the brand is Cocoons they have a large upper frame that with Just a slight tilt of the head forward they function just like sun visors.

      • Dennis Swaney

        Member
        September 30, 2022 at 8:50 am

        If there aren’t sun visors, then I’ll just have to retro fit some like those in my ’90 Miata (see my post of 15 Aug 22 at 12:22 PM).

  • John Malcom

    Member
    August 15, 2022 at 11:42 am

    The production Aptera will have sun visors, but without solar cells

    • Dennis Swaney

      Member
      August 15, 2022 at 12:22 pm

      What about illuminated make-up mirrors? Or HomeLink buttons? 😉

      All I will need is a plain visor that I can clip my garage door open on to. Even those folding ones like my 90 Miata:

    • Joe Lyddon

      Member
      August 15, 2022 at 12:26 pm

      🙂

      • This reply was modified 3 months, 2 weeks ago by  Joe Lyddon.
  • Howard Sharp

    Member
    August 15, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    I hope Aptera will not interpret lack of tint regulation as permission to go crazy with window tints. Living here in the opposite corner of the country (Maine) we have need of sun visors but not much use for radical window tinting. I want to see and be seen, especially at night. On a motorcycle you can always look over the top of a tinted screen. Not in a car.

  • Joe Lyddon

    Member
    September 21, 2022 at 9:05 am

    If the main visor hinge were on the side closest to the outside (driver & passenger sides), then the hinge could be modified to tilt the visor to the outside to shade sun from the sides.


    It’s good to see that it going to be present…



  • J.P. Morere

    Member
    October 1, 2022 at 8:56 am

    I have long thought that sun visors should slide out of the headliner. Separate shieldsI have long thought that sun visors should slide out of the headliner. Separate shields for the front and sides. Flip down visors are a throwback from the old days and convertibles, neither of which is represented by Aptera. Also, in my experience the classic flip down sun visor leaves large areas uncovered. The sun frequently finds its way into these gaps.

    • Dennis Swaney

      Member
      October 1, 2022 at 9:08 am

      But then you would not be able to rotate the visor to block the sun when it is coming in the side window. The main problem I have is with those stupid windshield mounted mirrors that leave a large gap above them! VW has a tiny fold down visor for that area but it is positioned too far to the rear to really be effective. I never had this problem with the top windshield frame mounting of mirrors; moving the mirrors to the glass was just another stupid decision by the auto makers.

      • kerbe2705

        Member
        October 1, 2022 at 10:13 pm

        @Dennis Swaney Hear! Hear! I could not agree more!

      • James Gatan

        Member
        October 2, 2022 at 6:28 am

        On the side door windows, I will put dark tints on the fixed top window glass area. Like permanent side widow sun visors. I will keep the power windows glass clear and untinted though, for better visual and safety reasons.

        • Dennis Swaney

          Member
          October 2, 2022 at 9:48 am

          What state/province are you in? There are laws that severely limit the darkness of tint on front seat windows, primarily so the driver can be seen. If any part of your face/head is above window divider, you won’t be able to use much tint on the fixed windows.

          • OZ (It’s OZ, Just OZ)

            Member
            October 2, 2022 at 11:01 am

            I have the same thoughts, but since Aptera is classified as either an autocycle or a motorcycle, unless specifically written in for them, it might not apply. (However, you would still probably have to deal with citations that may not end up applying in court, but still might get written, so it’s then a question of how valuable your time is.)

      • J.P. Morere

        Member
        October 2, 2022 at 11:47 pm

        That is EXACTLY why I said “separate shields for front and side” in my comment. A pull down visor for the front and a separate pull down visor for the side. This would also cover the case of a winding road that shifts the low sun from the front to the side frequently, and the case where the sun just happens to be close the the A pillar.

  • John Voules

    Member
    October 2, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Once I receive my dolphin beauty I will need to assess what my visibility is like and I’m sure I will need to get acclimated to using the 2 side view mirror screens. If I become confident enough I will get the darkest tint to try and match the roof.

    The actual rolling part of the window I may tint something much lighter or not tint at all. The overall effect should be the top part of the door will look like it is part of the roof.

    You will be more than likely get pulled over more out of the curiosity of what you are driving than anything else.

    Many officers tend to be car people, they may pull you over to make sure your from this planet😁.

    • Jonah Jorgenson

      Member
      October 3, 2022 at 8:47 am

      Enforcing tint laws depends on the disposition of the local jurisdiction. I am sure a lot a variance depending on the laws of the state of residence and the rigor of enforcement of counties/cities. Where I live, the tint laws are very rigorously enforced, especially for front driver and passenger windows.

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