Frequently Asked Questions
Aptera is in the Beta phase of our vehicle development process, which means we are still running simulations, conducting tests and updating designs in preparation for production. Information on this FAQ is subject to change as we evolve to our final production vehicle.
What testing protocol will Aptera implement to ensure vehicle durability and dependability?
We will use Industry Standard testing protocol to ensure reliability and durability. We will use all available resources to do mileage accumulation, accelerated wear testing, full vehicle rig/shaker testing, and common automotive practices of hot/cold extreme environment testing at various proving-ground locations around the country.
Simulations are great but having the people that designed the vehicle spend time in it is worth its weight in gold!
Is there a third seat?
While we are looking into this as a possibility for the future, a third seat will not be an option at the initial launch.
Does Aptera run only on solar?
You can plug Aptera in like any other electric vehicle to get up to 1,000 miles in range on a single charge. We offer 250, 400, 600, and 1,000-mile battery packs. The built-in solar power is an added bonus— adding up to 40 miles a day of range powered by the sun that trickles down to charge your battery pack and top off any electric charge.
The solar continues to accumulate additional range each day up to the max range available in your battery pack. And according to our calculations, that’s more than 10,000 miles of solar per year. That’s a lot of free driving!
How do I wash the vehicle?
You can clean Aptera and the solar panels with soap and water.
What is Aptera’s exterior finish? Wrap or paint?
Is it easy to get in and out of the vehicle?
The production-intent Aptera will be highly comfortable, with lightweight seats and a spacious cabin. We aim for our finalized design to allow drivers to easily get in and out of the vehicle. There will be several iterations of this design before the production vehicle debuts. Our engineers and design teams are consistently making improvements, and we look forward to showing off further innovations while we race to production.
Learn more about the design from the Chief of Design himself. Jason Hill provides more details on Gamma:
Will Aptera come with a spare tire?
At this time, no spare is included at the time of purchase. We envision a standard insurer or AAA roadside assistance will be able to help. The team will announce their recommendation and where one could be stored. Similar to other electric vehicles, the idea is to not include a spare which weighs down the vehicle’s efficiency.
What is the expected vehicle warranty?
The first 100 Apterae will get special treatment, but after that, we will have a fairly standard warranty. Comparable to that of any modern electric vehicle. We expect to offer a 10-year warranty on the high-voltage battery pack. Warranty information will be released on our website nearing the start of production, and we encourage you to subscribe to our email newsletter at the footer of our website to stay up-to-date with all announcements.
Is there any safety between the cabin space and the cargo area?
In the rear cargo, Aptera will have six tie-downs — four for separation between the cargo area and the seats. We also plan to offer a high-strength cargo net and dividers to shield the luggage space and the cabin. There are plenty of aftermarket possibilities to explore as well.
Will the windows be tinted?
Aptera will be equipped with two sun visors and have UV tint in all our windows, but you may need to add more. Luckily most places don’t have motorcycle tint restrictions.
Are the windows made of glass?
Yes, we will use automotive safety glass for the windshield and door windows.
How does the referral program work?
Do I need a motorcycle license to operate Aptera?
Aptera is technically not classified as a car, it’s a motorcycle or auto-cycle. The vast majority of states only require that you have a regular driver’s license to drive a three-wheel vehicle like the Aptera. States that we’re aware currently require a motorcycle license are AK, MA, and WY (check your local laws for clarity). We will work hard to show these outlier states that the safety and ease of use of the Aptera should allow its operation without a motorcycle license.
How many vehicles have been built?
How big is Aptera? What are the vehicle dimensions?
Aptera is 14.8 ft long (4.55 m), 7.3 ft (2.23 m) wide, and 4.6 ft (1.4 m) high. Aptera has 32.5 cubic feet of luggage capacity. But what can you fit in it? Find out in this video. We can’t wait for the adventures you and your Aptera will go on.
What is Aptera made of?
Aptera’s specialized composite structure is called a Body in Carbon (BINC). The majority of the BINC is made of Carbon Fiber Sheet Molding Compound (CF-SMC) combined with Glass Sheet Molding Compound (SMC). Fiber-SMC is a lightweight material consisting of a random arrangement of short fibers that make it possible to mold intricately shaped parts. It offers much higher stiffness and strength than standard SMC and can be press-molded, substantially reducing manufacturing time for the vehicle’s body. We are looking towards more organic fibers like Hemp and Bamboo for our non-structural parts.
Why three wheels?
Our main goal is efficiency. Aptera leads the pack by having the least “rolling resistance” — the friction that comes from the wheels against the ground. Our three wheel design — instead of four, eliminates a touch point where energy can be lost.
Is Aptera a car?
No, Aptera is not a car. We call it a Solar Electric Vehicle, because it’s powered by the sun and also charged with batteries when plugged in. Technically speaking, Aptera can be classified as a motorcycle or auto-cycle. A helmet is not required because Aptera is enclosed, and the vast majority of states only require that you have a regular driver’s license to operate Aptera.
What is Aptera?
Aptera will create the most efficient transportation on the planet. We achieve this by leveraging breakthroughs in battery efficiency, aerodynamics, material science, and manufacturing.
Aptera’s Launch Edition vehicle is the first product in a portfolio of Solar Electric Vehicles (sEVs) being produced by Aptera Motors that are powered by the sun and won’t need charging for most daily use. We are an efficiency-obsessed brand offering an array of safe, comfortable, and fun-to-drive vehicles. Through innovation and intelligent efficiency, we pride ourselves on our creative solutions to problems previously thought impossible.