15K equivalent for this??? If you are willing to buy one of these, I have a bridge in NY I can sell you cheap. Not sure I buy the claim of “Massively upgraded”
I guess OK for a Euro market (Compressed distances, a lot of city driving and parking difficulties, lower speed limits – except for the autobahn in Germany). I don’t think much competition for a Euro Aptera.
56 MPH top speed, max batter 143 mi; 5 sec from 0 to 31 mph; 59, 109, and 143 mile battery options.
Maybe good for a college student to commute around a large campus.
There are many more electric car models on the market in Europe than in the US. I count more than 60 models today here in Belgium, but the Aptera is obviously unique and a lot more interesting than what te “competition” offers. I suppose that an Aptera wil cost approximately 40 % more here than in the US (transport, import tax , i presume IVA costs , sales tax ) but it remains without doubt my first choice even with those extra costs its a great car from a value perspective.
40% that’s steep. I looked at other solar cars like the Sion (Sono Motors) wich promises a max. solar range of 16 – 35 km a day and the Xbus (Electric Brands) wich they say could reach additional 200 solar km a day – a number I do not believe. The Xbus has a modular concept, wheel hub motors and reminds you on the VW T2-bus. It will be build close to my place but I remain doubtful on both projects. The Aptera has the most extreme approach in engineering and function and does not neglect design.
<div>Kyle O’Connor of Out of Spec Motoring just drove the Sono. He’s trying very hard to be diplomatic about the car’s appearance because their prototype director is with him but I’m guessing that Kyle is not very good at poker because there is no hiding about how he feels about it.</div><div>
I’m estimating the my Aptera will cost about 46% more than the sales price in the US here in Sweden (shipping cost, import tax and VAT). I guess you need to pay the shipping cost and VAT in the US too, but I doubt it will add 46% to the cost of the car. It’s basically the same for all non-EU cars though. The cheepest Tesla model 3 LR available at the moment is almost 71 k USD here in Sweden.
We don’t have a VAT in the US. There is a sales tax which is state dependent but even in the worst cases it’s much less than the VAT is in Europe. In my state, MA, the sales tax is 6.25%, next door in New Hampshire there is no sales tax.