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.
Where are the vents and capabilities of the HVAC system in Aptera?
For Delta production, our complete HVAC system will include the following— windshield and side window defrost, left and right under IP footwell vents, left and right outer corners of IP vents, and the main screen vent system, which will be fully controllable in both temperature and velocity of the airflow. The center venting system was…
How does Aptera’s Skin Cooling work?
To dissipate heat, Aptera circulates coolant throughout its skin, allowing the vehicle’s exterior to serve as a radiator and the cooling system – without the extra weight, cost, and energy of fans. Learn more in the video below.
Will the vehicle have over-the-air software updates?
While we aren’t planning on this for the initial production of vehicles, we have all of the capabilities for it! We will introduce extra features as “over-the-air” updates as we progress the technology to pair with our Aptera app— the idea is for your Aptera to be reusable and easily upgradeable.
Will Aptera have USB ports?
The interior power connectors are not confirmed at this point, but there will be at least one 12V outlet and 2 USBs.
What kind of infotainment system will Aptera have?
Aptera will use Andromeda’s Central Infotainment Display (CID) solution and UI/UX functionality within our production vehicles. Andromeda’s HMI utilizes Isochrones by overlaying a polygon that will show accurately reachable areas based on the vehicle’s instantaneous and potential energy capacity. Learn more here.
Will Aptera have windshield wipers?
Yes, we will have windshield wipers.
Will Aptera have side view mirrors?
We have a camera system instead of side mirrors for better aerodynamics. The driver display screen will include left and right-side viewing, which makes it easy to see what’s happening around you. We may add a small single side mirror due to federal requirements in the states. We look forward to releasing information on all…
Will Aptera have heated or cooled seats?
We plan to equip the vehicle with seat heaters. We are designing this vehicle specifically for a lot of the cold countries that love electric vehicles. Our sandwich core composites body offers great insulation and a nice heater, it’s very comfortable driving in the winter. Cooled seats are great for efficiency because if you cool…
How do I unlock and lock the Aptera vehicle? With a key fob?
The vehicle will unlock by detecting you via your phone’s Bluetooth connection, our app, or with a physical RFID card. Once inside the vehicle, you can open the door through the center screen controls. Aptera will automatically lock when you exit by detecting that you are not inside. The interior cabin will include a mechanical…
If parked outside, will Aptera charge even when it is not on?
Yes, for example, while parked at the office on a sunny day, your Aptera could charge about 4.4 kWh.
What is the width across the front wheels?
Aptera is 88″ wide. We realize this may be wider than local regulations permit for some of our global customers and we are working through this process with industry experts to ensure we can make Aptera available in Europe and the UK.
What is the ground clearance?
We are looking for at least 5″ on both the wheel covers and the belly of the vehicle, but the belly will likely be higher than the wheel covers. The ground clearance of the Aptera with the off-road package is at least 7″. Exact specs will be released on our website nearing the start of…
What is the full height of the open door?
This may change slightly in production, but it is 6’2″ right now.
Can you see out the back window when solar is on the back hatch?
Yes, with our rear view cameras.
What are the ramifications of minor body damage?
The front and rear sections are designed to be replaceable if damaged. Both are made of impact-resistant plastic, as are the wheel covers. They are also both foam filled to help in a higher speed incident. The front nose cone along with our subframe, in particular, are designed to crumple against our angled firewall and…
What is the max payload for the cargo area?
Aptera is designed to carry a 500 lbs payload of passengers and cargo, or a max of 300lbs in the rear cargo (if you only have the driver).
How will you change a tire on Aptera?
There will be a jack point to lift the vehicle for wheel/ tire repairs. The wheel covers can be removed without unusual tools or special skills in a couple of minutes. See for yourself at minute 1:37 in the video below:
How many Wh per mile does Aptera use?
Aptera uses 100 Watt Hours (Wh) per mile, a fraction of the energy larger EVs are using to go the same distance.
Will a tow package be available?
We hope to make a Tow package available at some point in the future. We envision Aptera could tow a small lightweight trailer for camping, maybe even adding some extra solar capability. We aspire to provide our customers with the tools to move with what they need while also maintaining our efficient design. We look forward…
What’s the voltage of the system?
350 V nominal.
What is Aptera’s User Interface?
We worked with Crank Software to get an intuitive and efficient user interface for our vehicles. Find out about our partnership in the video below.
How can Aptera get up to 40 miles of solar charge per day?
Depending on where you live and how your vehicle is configured, some drivers can get up to 40 miles of range per day powered by the sun. Our Co-CEO Steve Fambro explains the science behind this engineering innovation from the team at Aptera.
Why doesn’t every electric car do this?
They’d need a LOT more solar cells (like a 20’ billboard size) to do the job. But, because Aptera is so efficient we don’t need so many cells. It’s a great example of the engineering karma of an efficiency focused design. We use a lot less power to drive, so it takes a lot less…
How many times a year will I need to charge Aptera?
There is a solar calculator on our website: https://aptera.us/vehicle/ This will show you if your daily driving and location are compatible with a “Never Charge” lifestyle or if you will have to charge a few times a year.
How quickly does Aptera charge?
From the sun, you get up to about 40 miles per day. From a 110 V cord (like what you’d charge your cell phone on) you get 13 miles an hour or about 150 miles of charge overnight. At roadside charging stations you’d likely get about 100 miles in 10 minutes.
How do you charge Aptera when you need to? Is it solar only?
You can plug Aptera in like any other electric vehicle — Aptera can be charged and travel 250, 400, 600, or 1,000 miles (depending on your battery pack size) by plugging in at home to a standard 110V or 220V outlet. The built-in solar power is a bonus. We plan for Aptera to be compatible…
What do you mean by Never Charge?
The average American drives 29 miles per day. Even though the longest range Aptera can drive for about 1,000 miles between charge, the reality is that most of our driving is 30 miles or less. For Aptera, 30 miles consumes about 3 kWh of electricity. Now, let’s say your commute is 15 miles each way,…
What are the benefits of a Solar Electric Vehicle?
One of the key features setting Aptera apart from other electric vehicles is our unique combination of solar and electric power to get you where you need to go with less impact on the planet. Aptera uses the Sun to enhance its range — charging up to 40 miles a day from the solar cells…
What’s a Solar Electric Vehicle (sEV)?
Eco-friendly transportation that preserves our natural resources by reducing carbon and chemical emissions. Solar vehicles give people the ability to constantly recharge using the power from the sun without any requirement of a charging station, making the driver independent.