The reason for 1000 miles
During the June 14 webinar, a Dutch participant queried about the timing for the 1000 miler delivery. Steve Fambro was wondering where you would drive from Holland for 1000 miles.
I see a lot of comments about “You don’t need the 1000 mile range”, or “you can’t drive 1000 miles straight because…” (safety, coffee/pee break, stretching, take your pick). As you might guess, I ordered a 1000 miler, and I’d like to give some reasons why people might want to genuinely choose a 1000 mile range Aptera, besides the “I drive a lot per week”.
I my case at least, and I suspect it might be the same for the Dutch participant, it isn’t so much the 1000 mile range, as the sun ! I’m in Switzerland, and the simple fact is that we just don’t get the sunshine that southern California gets. “Up to” 40 miles recharge per day ? Depending on the year, we might get a total of 40 miles recharge for the entire month of January. It’s not that we want to make 1000 miles on any single trip – it’s more we want the capacity to be able to have more driving time between available sunny days.
In addition, here in Switzerland most people rent. And although we’re starting to see more charging stations in parking areas and shopping malls, supply is becoming tight with the demand/mandate for electric cars. And running a cable from your apartment on the 7th floor to your car parked on the other side of the street isn’t an option. So, once again, the additional batteries is not so much for the miles as it is for the time between necessary charging.
As for the second main reason, and to answer Steve, the trip from Amsterdam to, say, Monaco and the French riviera through Switzerland (avoiding the expensive French toll roads) is an important yearly Dutch pilgrimage 😉 (at least, judging from the number of Dutch licensed vehicles we see going through Switzerland, starting from Easter throughout the summer). And that trip is just under 1000 miles one way…
Third (and last, for now…) fuel here is the equivalent of about $9 a gallon right now… With my usual driving here, the 1000 mile Aptera would mean I would never need to re-fuel again 🙏So I’d go from about $2000 a year on fuel to $0…