Upgrade capability

Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Upgrade capability

Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Upgrade capability

  • Upgrade capability

     Selvan Poothamby updated 1 minute ago 10 Members · 11 Posts
  • Michael Jarvis

    November 8, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Will the battery pack(s) be a consumer upgradable/expandable option? If I purchased a 250 mile version, could I add battery packs in the future?

  • Peter Jorgensen

    November 8, 2021 at 10:10 am

    They said probably not – however that may change as they enter production. I suspect it may be easier to go from 250 to 400 vs from 600 to 1000.


    November 8, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    I believe an Aptera person said this would be difficult. It kind of bumps up against their right to repair policy though. It may be that the access to this area is no longer available once the top is bonded to the bottom. I think eventually this will get addressed as new battery technology will make us all want to upgrade in years that follow (solid state?). Even without that though, I wonder if there is more bracing ‘in the pan’ area for different sizes of battery configurations. That is the only way I understand why they keep the payload the same for all battery variants.

    • Harry Parker

      November 8, 2021 at 7:37 pm

      My understanding is that physical limitations make adding hundreds of pounds more battery to an existing Aptera difficult. I imagine the suspension will need to change for those extra hundreds of pounds. (Going from 60 KWH to 100 KWH adds about 400 pounds.) I remember reading at some point that the ~1000 pound 100 KWH battery may need a modified, slightly bulkier body to fit into as well.

      • Bob Kirchner

        November 9, 2021 at 12:01 pm

        This now raises the question of whether one might be able to get the beefier springs from a 60 kWh Aptera to put on a 40kWh model if you wanted extra payload capacity.

    • Jeffrey Parker

      July 6, 2022 at 8:08 pm

      The “right to repair” does not mean that repairing/replacing is easily done by yourself. It means the information/parts to repair/replace is not locked behind a walled garden. Like making a thing not work all together because you replaced something. Or relying on the OEM to “reprogram” because your replaced something.

      You’re ICE car is infinitely repairable/replaceable by you, but if you don’t know how you can damage the car or yourself. That’s why you can take it to any knowledgeable mechanic, whether that be your buddy or the dealership.

      What Is Right To Repair? – YouTube

      What is Right to Repair? An introduction for curious people. – YouTube

  • kerbe2705

    November 8, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    None of the currently-available EVs offer this capability – much in the same way that you can’t easily swap-out the 10 gallon fuel tank in an ICE vehicle for one that holds 20 gallons.

  • my_discord_number_is_0328 bloody stupid

    November 8, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    aptera says its so areodynamics prioritized that it more efficient that way despite all the mass making it so wide etc, assuming future regen tech etc is more efficient, the areodynamics will help efficiency more than weight does even more. i also thought the underfloor didnt have a panel but apparently there is a panel i guess to put in battery from bellow rather than by putting them in through the doors. this could be the engine hood of aptera, lay down heavy batteries that way after disconnecting wires etc. batteries could be removed part by part instead of moving teh whole thing at once b/c too heavy.

  • Michael Jarvis

    November 9, 2021 at 8:18 am

    as for ICE machines, they have no need as the current infrastructure is built around them. But I’m only guessing at a large majority of the EV community and perhaps even more so of the ‘early adopters’ with Aptera are DIYers who would prefer the option of expanding range themselves or even upgrading to a newer technology as it would fit with not just the “right to repair” stance but also with the cradle-to-grave extension of reuse vs. recycle of the overall machine itself and getting rid of any planned obsolescence strategies of old school Detroit. I haven’t seen any demographic data on the people who have reservations or know if they are collecting it. Just a guess that it’s probably split between heavily with a large population of this type.

  • Lane Costilow

    July 6, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    My worry relates to the battery pack size also. If climate change has a serious effect on our country’s electrical grid, I want to know that I can go as far as possible on all the Deming NM sunshine I can absorb, or feed my house and devices if necessary. I can afford models of all ranges, but I don’t want to stress my finances when the cost gets to $45,000. If I can’t upgrade, I would have to start out buying the long-distance battery pack.

  • Selvan Poothamby

    July 7, 2022 at 8:49 am

    Check the FAQs, it may be in the future.

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