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 is Aptera’s top speed?
Aptera has a top speed of 101 mph (162.5 kph). 0-60 mph in our all-wheel-drive version clocks in at roughly four seconds, and front-wheel-drive as fast as six seconds. We have our production VCU and have added a number of exciting features, including Launch Mode. Listen in as powertrain intern Bastian Mager goes over the details in the video below:
What is the curb-to-curb turning diameter of Aptera?
The curb-to-curb turning diameter of Aptera is 37.5 ft (11.4 m).
How will Aptera handle speed bumps?
Not to worry – Aptera will be able to go over speed bumps. Our wheels can take a pounding, and there is much less weight on them when compared to a typical EV. The wheel covers have EVA foam at the bottom, a high-energy absorbing and closed-cell foam in case of any impact shock. The vehicle’s 5″ ground clearance and good entry and exit angles on wheel covers will be able to handle speed bumps and potholes! The exact vehicle specifications will be shared nearing production once the design is locked down.
What are the advantages of all-wheel-drive?
Adding a third motor on the rear wheel allows for improved performance, handling, and traction. Those are the key value-adds for paying for the third motor. It is better for driving and handling in snowy, off-road, or icy conditions. The additional regenerative braking capability is a bonus with a third motor, but it is not the driving factor.
Do the solar panels charge while driving?
Yes. The vehicle is charging while driving now. The charge rate is just less than the rate that it is consuming, hence, it’s not a perpetual motion machine.
What tire size do you expect to use on Aptera?
We are using a standard 16” tire size that you can get winter tires for anywhere.
How does Aptera handle in the snow and cold weather?
With all-wheel-drive and vectorized torque control, Aptera handles beautifully in the snow and ice. Aptera will have a full climate control system capable down to -20 and up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Aptera will be equipped with defroster grids, and our sandwich core composite body offers great insulation and a nice heater, making it very comfortable to drive in the winter.
Additionally, according to our calculations, even the most dreary places would average about 8,000 miles of solar “free-charging” per year. In the winter they may not get a lot of sun, but in the summertime, these regions have even longer hours of sunlight. For most people in the world, 8,000 miles of free charging is a game-changer.