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.
How do I exit the vehicle and open the door in case of electrical malfunction?
The interior cabin will include a mechanical release to open the door in case of any electrical malfunction or emergency.
What happens in the event I get stuck somewhere and need to be towed?
Aptera can be tied down securely using ratchet straps for any form of transport, such as in a trailer or for flatbed towing. If you’re stuck somewhere, and you can’t get out, or you need to be pulled onto a tow truck, there are recovery points for that. We will demonstrate this and provide specific design details on vehicle recovery as we get closer to production.
Can I jack the vehicle?
The vehicle will be able to be put on jack stands using traditional equipment (jack stands and floor jack). Aptera will be capable for using two post lifts.
Can I manually switch between all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive?
The system will adjust to the most efficient torque curves per motor, but we don’t think this will be user selectable.
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.
What will routine maintenance look like for Aptera?
We are designing Aptera to require very little routine maintenance, but probably safety checks at 150k miles at least. There will be no fluids needed other than washer fluid in the first 100k miles of driving. More exact figures will be shared prior to launch. We are designing this vehicle to be much simpler than most and thus have easier service needs.
In Aptera, are the wires adequately shielded and protected from rodents or external debris?
To avoid the issue of eaten wire, we’re conceptualizing ways to use plastic without soy. We are particularly air-tight for our aerodynamics, so that helps.
The suspension arms will be well protected and hidden in our production vehicle to guard against any damage or corrosion. Additionally, Aptera will be equipped with flexible protective boots to prevent dust, water, and debris intrusion. Aside from tangible matter intrusion, the wheel pants (boots) will be necessary to maintain our aerodynamic profile and keep wind/air from getting in and disrupting the airflow in that area.
How much will the HVAC impact range?
Although our well-insulated body helps, energy consumption from the HVAC can have a significant impact. You could see 10 to 20% less range on really hot or cold days. We have a fan to extract the hot air from the cabin that uses solar energy to keep the interior cool. We will share more exact figures once we have undergone more testing.
What type of motors?
In partnership with Elaphe, Aptera offers compact, high-torque in-wheel radial flux motors that allow for enhanced aerodynamics, lighter overall vehicle weight, and improved handling — resulting in better mileage and safety. You can select between either an all-wheel or front-wheel drivetrain.
Can you roll down the windows?
Will there be cupholders in the vehicle?
Aptera will feature two cup holders located on the center console!
Have you taken Aptera to the track?
We took our Alpha vehicle to the track and put it to the test with our engineers as we refined our designs moving into Beta. This video shows our team at the track doing preliminary analysis on acceleration, braking and obstacle testing.
What is the wheel clearance?
5” to the bottom of the wheel covers and 9” to the bottom of the belly of the Aptera.
What kind of sound system does Aptera have?
In addition to a seven-speaker audio system, you can upgrade to an extra three channels of audio for great sound depth. An added lightweight transmission-line subwoofer brings an accurate and deeper bass response.
In regards to Apple CarPlay or Android — we are focusing on Bluetooth right now and hope to offer that compatibility in the future.
Does Aptera have heating and air conditioning?
Is Aptera Front-Wheel or All-Wheel Drive?
Aptera offers both front and all-wheel drive packages.
Will Aptera offer regenerative braking?
Yes! Aptera will offer regenerative braking, which uses an electric vehicle’s motor as a generator to convert much of the kinetic energy lost when decelerating back into stored energy in the vehicle’s battery. Then, the next time the car accelerates, it uses much of the energy previously stored instead of tapping in further to its own energy reserves. Aptera will offer adjustable levels in 3 or 4 settings, from off to very heavy regen braking.
How will Aptera handle repairs?
Here at Aptera, we’ve revolutionized every aspect of transportation, including repairs and customer service. Whether it’s you performing the repairs, or the auto shop down the street, the documentation provided will be clear and easy to understand. We believe anyone should be able to diagnose and repair their vehicle and will provide all the documentation to do so and make spare parts easy to acquire. Learn about our philosophy in our video.
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.
How fast is Aptera?
All of our vehicles will be 100 MPH+ capable. 0-60 MPH in our All-Wheel Drive version clocks in as fast as 3.5 seconds and Front-Wheel Drive as fast as 5.5 seconds. Both versions will be RPM limited to just over 110 MPH.