Interior options would you like in the Aptera?

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Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Interior options would you like in the Aptera?

  • Interior options would you like in the Aptera?

     GLEN KIRK updated 1 day, 6 hours ago 40 Members · 105 Posts
  • G Johns

    Member
    November 27, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    I don’t want anything other than what they give me.

    I’ve been driving from before a/c and 2 speed automatics (D-L). Three speed on the column, floor starter pedals, hood vents, manual steering, recaps. So whatever I get will be fantabulos and enjoyed.

    But I’ve decided I will name it.

    With some type of glow paint I’m going to have GALAXIE 500 stencilled on it in rememberence of fond teenage memories.

    Just saying.

    • John Malcom

      Member
      November 27, 2021 at 2:38 pm

      Ha, Very few of us on the forum know the meaning of “Galaxy 500” I am more a Belaire person.

      • Don Daniels

        Member
        December 6, 2021 at 9:17 am

        Hey, I bought a Ford Galaxy 500 with the Thunderbird 352 V8 and got it for $600 from a lady who was going into assisted living. Used it as an airport car in San Francisco for 6 years, and sold it for $600 when I changed domiciles. Also had a 61 Ford Falcon with a 170 Special and a 3 in the tree. Overhauled the engine on that one myself. Got 25 mpg, pretty good for the time. My wife inherited a 63 Chevy Biscayne with a 3 in the tree before we got married. These youngsters don’t know all the history they missed. Now days Scotty says a Manual Transmission is the best anti-theft device out there. My wife and I still drive a stick. Going straight from that to EV.

        • John Malcom

          Member
          December 6, 2021 at 12:11 pm

          Don, a bye gone era for sure!

          I have driven stick shifts when ever available. The last one was a first gen Honda Insight. For me, it makes the driving experience more fun.

          I can see how stick would be a good anti theft feature. Never thought of it before.

          A suitable honor for the Galaxie 500.

          I have to say….. I am a little disturbed by you taking advantage of an elderly lady (I am sure from Pasadena) just going into a home to get your Galaxie 500…….???? and deserting sticks for an EV?????

          Maybe we can convince Aptera to put in a stick shift for us senior citizens before we have to go into a home.

          • Don Daniels

            Member
            December 6, 2021 at 2:09 pm

            I didn’t take advantage of her. She was living in a small apartment complex owned by a friend, moving to assisted living near her kids, and had no need for the car anymore. That is what she was asking, and I was a new hire Flight Engineer on the Boeing 727 making around $15/flight hour (75-80 flight hours a month, do the math). When I moved to the Denver Domicile, I sold it to one of the office gal’s house-keeper who really needed a car and loved it for many more years. Paint was gone, but the engine ran like a sewing machine. Increased it from 12 to 14 MPG when I overhauled the carburetor and upgraded it from the old Fiberglass Belted tires (Trouble with un-commanded lane changes with those tires, then blew a big section of tread off, I’ve never seen a Fiberglass belted tire go full tread wear) and replaced them with Steel Belted radials.

            I’m sure we have thoroughly lost the millennials and younger by now. These things were pre-history for them. Changing points and condenser??? Carburetor??? Have you seen the videos of the kids when given a rotary dial phone? No Idea what to do with it. Party line? The only plane I owned myself was a 1946 Cessna 140, very basic and the one navigation radio didn’t work well, so navigated with PAPER Maps and looking out the window. Woa! No GPS???? I still have paper maps in my car, a lost art but nice for getting the big picture at times. ????

            Ah, you started a trip down memory lane. Stop.

            • John Malcom

              Member
              December 6, 2021 at 3:17 pm

              Good for both of us to go down that lane.

              I am sure you didn’t take advantage of the lady.

              My first plane was a Censna 150. No nav only comm. Used paper maps and looked out of the plane. used IFR (I follow roads) a lot. I now have a twin beach with ADF and VOR only. None of the digital or GPS stuff. I learned to fly in the military. Make do with the minimum.

              Enough I guess. Back to Aptera

            • Oz Man

              Member
              December 6, 2021 at 4:08 pm

              John and Don, As a retired ATC, I am ready and willing to tell you both what to do and where to go, any time it becomes needed.????????

            • John Malcom

              Member
              December 6, 2021 at 4:21 pm

              I’ll bet you can and will especially where to go ????

              Just remember there are two of us and only one of you should we all be together someplace

            • Don Daniels

              Member
              December 6, 2021 at 6:32 pm

              I spent a number of years as an Air Traffic Controller (Not Control Freak) when the airlines weren’t hiring but went back to full time flying when hiring picked up as that was where my passion was.

    • Tom Friend

      Member
      December 19, 2021 at 9:09 pm

      A garage door clicker would be nice.

  • Ryan Carter

    Member
    November 27, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    AC, Heat pump (not resistive heater), Cupholders (with clearance above for tall travel mugs), Heated seats, Heated headlight covers (one can dream), GPS navigation, and, of coarse, a Trunk Monkey (bonus points if you get the reference)

    • Oz Man

      Member
      November 27, 2021 at 6:22 pm

      Ryan, Chim Chim? (I actually do get your reference, but do you get mine?)

    • Don Daniels

      Member
      December 6, 2021 at 9:19 am

      If it’s got a Trunk Monkey, make sure you secure the Tire Iron. ????

  • Guy SKEER

    Member
    December 5, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Great Suggestions!

    My Oar in the (Turbid) Waters: “Rich Corinthian Leather” (or Connolly Hides); LED Map/Reading Lights; Make-Up Mirror(s)/LEDs Sunshine/Nightlife Lighting Options a Bonus;

    • Don Daniels

      Member
      December 6, 2021 at 2:22 pm

      Leather is luxurious and long lasting but has its downsides. In very cold weather it is cold to the touch and really needs a seat heater. My 2004 Sentra SE-R Spec V has cloth seats, showing a little wear after 17 years, but comfortable to sit in in just about any temperature, doesn’t feel cold until below zero (F) and even then, it warms up rapidly, and cloth allows you to breath better on hot days. doesn’t feel as hot or cold on first contact.

      On the other hand (or both hands), on the really cold days a heated steering wheel would be really nice, that is the item I miss most on my Sentra.

  • Don Daniels

    Member
    December 6, 2021 at 9:25 am

    I would like a good quality Terrestrial radio receiver with AM/FM and the new Digital format receiver. My understanding is they are planning on just going with web. Want to be able to listen to my Classical music station. Active noise canceling could be a software OTA upgrade later on, let’s start getting the vehicles out the door.

    • Don Daniels

      Member
      December 6, 2021 at 11:35 am

      And I’m guessing they already have this, ability to load our music collection on a USB Thumb Drive or MicroSD card for a compact way to carry, or even import our music. Would also like to be able to put my podcasts into the system so they automatically update when connected to WiFi. Will there be like 256 gig or more onboard Data storage.

  • Jeff Orr

    Member
    December 8, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    For myself, A/C and high power USB ports are essential. Gotta keep cool and keep the phone charged.

    A wireless phone charging pad would be nice for future-proofing; my current phone does not support it, but my next one will.

    Some strip lighting around the interior would be nice.

    At least two 10A 12v socket; one for phone charging, one for a low-power inverter

    Built-in 120v inverter

  • Guy SKEER

    Member
    December 12, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    For Us Folks living in the NorthLands: Really a Software thing – ITTT that will run Steering Yoke and Seat Heaters, maybe Battery Heaters? – from the Charge Cables at Full Power when commanded via Remote/Keyfob, and reduced power when sitting outside and NOT Charging via Cable.

  • Vernon Michael Gardner

    Member
    December 12, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    There is a lot to be said for minimalist, less distractions from switches, screens and other lighted items. Much easier to focus on the road and situational awareness. On the other hand, Mercedes has had a excellent night driving feature nearly 10 years. Aptera is designed with daylight driving in mind. When I raced cars it was nice to be able to control most aspects manually if needed. Your average driver does not even use climate control properly and so certain vent/HVAC combinations have been taken away from the vehicle operators. Same reason manual transmissions are not the norm anymore. Colored interior lighting is fun, does add weight to the vehicle. I see the Aptera as a CRX or Miata, a sports vehicle with great acceleration and handling characteristics. With only the basics like HVAC, head lights on with wiper activation, cameras in the sides, front and rear. The cameras could have options other than just vision (i.e. automatic recording on an impact or motion when not moving) added to them at a later point.

  • samantha henderson

    Member
    January 4, 2022 at 6:33 am

    Please include an option to increase seating vs. storage, etc. Single mom with two kids here – even one more seat would make a huge difference. Consider Mom and Dad with one kid or dog… Really need a minimum of 3 seats if you can’t fit in 4. PLEASE!~!!

  • Francis Giroux

    Member
    January 4, 2022 at 7:46 am

    Copied from my comments in Aptera passenger and cargo limits forum:

    I once had eight people in the front (only) seats of my Porsche 914. I many times drove with three comfortably in the 914. The seats were about as far apart as those in the Aptera, but in the Porsche there was no tall armrest in the middle. I’m sure that armrest/cup holder/compartment can come out (with a saws-all if needed) and be replaced with a nice cushion like the Porsche 914 had. Yeah the passenger would have to share the foot space with the other passenger and couldn’t be the tallest one in the car (sitting on the hump that’s left after removing the arm rest), but I’m sure a kid would be just fine if you install a third seat belt.

    I’m retired but I still sometimes transport my daughter and friend in my two seat 2000 Honda Insight. And there is an armrest in that car. It’s not quite legal without a separate seat belt, but you have to catch me to ticket me.

  • Bernard Dubuc

    Member
    January 17, 2022 at 12:23 am

    I would like to have a HUD, Android Auto and Apple Carplay, A removable divider between the front and cargo space to keep the heat or chill the people area, It will then heat or cool that space much faster.

    • This reply was modified 5 days, 19 hours ago by  Bernard Dubuc.
  • Francis Giroux

    Member
    January 17, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Bernard, You could buy a sheet of foil backed insulation board from Lowes or Home Depot and cut it to fit in the cargo area as a divider. If you want to dress it up you could cover it with cloth material. I’d probably choose Denim. The insulation board should only weigh a pound or two. If you have full solar you don’t need to see back there anyway. If you don’t have full solar and want to see back there you can get some 1/8″ thick Lexan (clear polycarbonate) instead of the insulation board.

  • Tom Boucher

    Member
    January 19, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    I would just like to speak as a 50 year old person who is 5’10 married to a 49 year old who is 5’3.

    Electric seats, and ones that ‘easy entry’ (when you get out goes all the way back) are an almost must have. I drove the bolt (2017) for three years and it had manual seats. Maybe when I was younger it wasn’t as hard but for some reason when I commit myself to getting into a car and the seat is in 5’3″ mode I get stuck, and a few times couldn’t reach the dang bar under the seat.

    So for me, electric seats are a must have item, and not ‘adds weight’.

    Honestly I’d like a great sound system attached to a screen that works with CarPlay and Android Auto for the sound system, don’t waste time making your own design, just put a nice sized screen (10 ” or so) and wireless CarPlay/android Auto and call it a day. I loved that about my bolt. It had a basic AM/FM radio but you plugged in your phone and it handed it all off.

    Then you can just put your design work into a CarPlay app that lets me gather data on the functions.

    Better yet, open up (but fully authenticated) various levels of REST API in that above mentioned system so that your community can build web and phone apps for you. Could even charge for the ‘gold’ level of data and turn it into a revenue stream, would help towards right to repair. Of the current auto guys Tesla ‘kinda’ opens up the data but they could close that at any time as they don’t officially support it.

    I get as a company you gotta ship some cars, but for me the electric seat part is a must have, especially with its unique entry method that I’m excited about as well. Just hope I can use it, again not the most flexible anymore, have problems getting into a Taycan or a Audi etron GT

  • Francis Giroux

    Member
    January 19, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    That sounds like a perfect candidate for after market modifications, customizing.

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