Water fording depth for Aptera

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Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Water fording depth for Aptera

  • Water fording depth for Aptera


    July 14, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Any word (or ideas) on what the safe fording depth might be? I have to cross an intermittently flowing creek here in Arizona to get off our property so I’ve ordered the off road option for the extra clearance. I was totally sold on Rivian when I saw their video of the R1T going through 3 feet of water. Don’t plan on that for our Aptera, but to be able to safely ford depths of 12 inches would be very useful for our situation, where there’s at least some water in the creek about 6 months out of the year. Where we cross is mostly silt and fine rock. Not worried about hitting rocks. It’s the water that concerns me, you know potentially getting in to the cab, the wheel motors, or batteries. We have a Tesla model 3, and we cross over no problems when the water is 15 inches or less. Any more than that and we have to go in the Tacoma.

    • This discussion was modified 3 weeks, 2 days ago by  Norman Roberts.
  • Len Nowak

    July 14, 2022 at 8:37 pm


    I am a fellow Arizonian who “use to” have to cross the Santa Cruz river to get home until a multi-million dollar bridge was built down here. So now, typically in monsoon season only… I have to cross one Arizona Crossing to get into our ranch community.

    This is how I am thinking through this….

    I don’t go through a raging wash even with my truck, why would I consider that with an electric Aptera?

    I am retired so don’t have to go out in a monsoon storm ( and get my Aptera dirty😉) , but understand a storm can come on unexpected.

    I will be mindful the the Aptera only weights 1800-2200 pounds

    The std wheel pants have 5” GC. Off road covers may be 7” GC.

    The belly is about 9” GC

    The flat surface of the wheel covers are a flat surface for rushing water to “push”, So

    I would wait for a wash stops running after a meal or coffee break on high ground, (I would wait it out)

    I would not try to go through more than about 5-7” of water that is flowing. Forget about it!

    I would think Elaphe would give some guidance based in their testing…

    You know what they say to us here. Turn around Don’t drown!

    And you know the wash silt that builds under the flowing wash water…

    I hope this helps. Stay safe!

    • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 3 days ago by  Len Nowak.

      July 14, 2022 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks, Len. Appreciate your feedback. We don’t cross the creek when it’s raging. But it’s not a wash, it’s Sabino creek, so there’s water that we have to drive through 120-150 days a year. The Tacoma can safely cross at 200 CFS (cubic feet per second), at anywhere from 24-30 inches depth, but we only get 5-6 days of that in a year. Anything above 200 we wait for the water to recede, which can take a day or two (which sometimes means missing work/school, or not getting home). We only cross in the Model 3 when its about 12 CFS or less. It could probably handle more, but there’s not much clearance, and I don’t want to risk it getting stuck in the silt. So, would only drive the Aptera across when the creek is dry, or pretty low. But would be nice to know if it can safely navigate a certain depth of fairly still water.

  • Curtis Cibinel

    July 14, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    This is from an old Aptera owners club video… Lol

    Disclaimer: this may not accurately represent the fording depth…


      July 14, 2022 at 10:28 pm

      Well alright. Looks like we’re good to go.

  • David Marlow

    July 15, 2022 at 2:35 am

    I am sure there will be many various stunts tried with the Aptera, once people jet there hands on them, it will be very interesting on how they turn out.


      July 15, 2022 at 7:10 am

      Not a stunt. Just a legitimate question whether the vehicle can handle crossing a small amount of water on a fairly regular basis.

      • David Marlow

        July 15, 2022 at 8:27 am

        I am referring to those who will want to find out what can be done, see above photo shopped picture of it floating.

        Will float, fly (with added wings), climb snow covered hills, how close to an actual super car is it?

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