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.
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…
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?
Our plan is to finish the vehicle with an extremely durable wrap. We hope people will find it easier to repair damages or switch out colors of their choosing. We expect the vinyl wrap to last 5 to 10 years in aggressive UV environments. We’re testing with the vendors now to set expectations and warranty.
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…
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…
Where can I send in my suggestions?
Thank you in advance! We love to receive suggestions and ideas from our community. Please visit our virtual suggestion box here.
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…
Will the seats recline? Are they adjustable?
The seats in Aptera are fully adjustable— moving forward, backward, and capable of 90-degree positions. There will be several iterations of the seats before production (delta). They are made to be extremely lightweight, safe, and very strong — just like our vehicle.
Is there any safety between the cabin space and the cargo area?
We plan to offer a cargo net and dividers to shield between the luggage space and the cabin to prevent any objects from easily moving around. And to have tie-down hooks included in the cargo area. There are plenty of aftermarket possibilities to explore as well!
Will the windows be tinted?
We are still working on an appropriate sun visor solution, and we will 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 plan to use automotive safety glass for the windshield and door windows!
How does the referral program work?
Once you “sign up” and create an account at https://aptera.us/, you will receive a custom referral link that will be accessible on your Aptera Member dashboard. Here is how to locate your unique referral link once signed into your account: – Click “My Account” – Then, click on the “Referrals” tab You will find your…
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).…
How many vehicles have been built? What stage of development are you in?
We have broken our development phases into four key stages: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta. Alpha — Early prototypes to validate our basic design and engineering; Noir, Sol, and Luna. Beta — Test mules used to evaluate dynamic and transient vehicle behavior Gamma — Development vehicles to represent production-intent functionalities and features Delta — Production-intent…
Is Aptera safe?
Aptera has significant safety advantages over other vehicles! We are designing to meet or exceed all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards. We will show our testing as we get closer to our start of production, but we will not know Aptera’s actual rating until we pass a production vehicle through the full safety tests.…
How big is Aptera? What are the vehicle dimensions?
Aptera is 177″ long, 88” wide, and 57” high. Aptera has 25 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?
We are using Carbon, Glass, and Kevlar fibers in our structural body parts. And we are looking towards more organic fibers like Hemp and Bamboo for our non-structural parts. We are also investigating bio-resins which degrade more easily once recycled.
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…
What is Aptera?
Aptera’s mission is to create the most efficient transportation on the planet. We achieve this by leveraging breakthroughs in battery efficiency, aerodynamics, material science and manufacturing. Aptera is the first in a line 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’re…