Why I have not invested yet.
I have the money and fully intend to buy an Aptera but I have not invested to get the early edition. Reason #1 I do not want or need the 3rd motor. I will have a cybertruck and a Subaru with all wheel drive and if it is snowy or muddy the Aptera will stay home. I don’t want the hit on efficency and I don’t want to spend the additional $2500. Reason #2 I can’t get a straight answer WRT a 120V outlet. I am sure that it will be available when Aptera goes into full production but I want it for the drive home to Nebraska. I think that Aptera should loosen up a little and allow some flexability in the launch edition. Wire it for the 3rd motor but just don’t install it. That can’t take any time or effort over installing the motor. Make the 120V 1500 watt outlet standard from the start. As I watch the news it seems that every day there are reports of thousands and hundreds of thousands of people who are without utility power. I am not asking to be able to power an entire house but the ability to run a coffee pot/electric fry pan/ a few 8 watt LED bulbs/a TV set/a small fridge or freezer/charge a phone or computer/sump pump/ fan when the power is out would great. Not all at the same time of course. All electrical devices have the wattage on them somewhere. If you can add and you can keep the total under 1500 watts you can use several of these devices at the same time. The fridge or freezer uses more power at the start and so you might not be able to power much else but you could run them over night and keep your food cold/frozen. I have a 3000+ square foot house that is pretty much all electric and when I am not using the AC my daily power use is around 15KWH. If the power is out I would be much more diligent in turning off things and so my use would be closer to 10KWH. I have a generator (noisy and uses a lot of propane) so I could charge the Aptera with an hour or two of run time and pump water (which takes 240V). We are pretty close to tornado season and then comes hurricane season. If we get the extremes in those weather events that we have seen recently in rain and snowfall there will be a lot of folks who will want an Aptera that can get them somewhere to buy food and then help them cook it. I fully understand the idea of a simple single version of the Aptera to start production. My simple changes to that model would sell a lot of Apteras over the long run. It is not too late to change!