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  • Harry Parker

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    January 20, 2022 at 4:58 am

    Travel trailers were never about saving money! To do that, travel light and rent cabins. Stay at an AirBnB. Or pack a tent.

    I do like the concept of a self powered trailer for cargo or boats. They might make more financial sense if their battery could power your home, backing up your solar panels, say.

  • Harry Parker

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    January 13, 2022 at 9:19 am

    The forum I mentioned is part of the Aptera Community forums. Just click on the green word “Community” in “Aptera > Community > Aptera Discussions” above to find it. Easy peasy.

    Then you will see ALL the postings here at Aptera’s website.

  • Harry Parker

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    December 23, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Good questions about snow handling. I had similar wheel well packing problems when I lived in Rochester, NY driving a Passat. I found a gloved fist whacking on the frozen wheel wells usually did the trick to loosen & drop the salty ice & slush. Aptera’s more flexible wheel wells will respond even better to the same treatment.

    My current Chevy Volt has the backup camera problem you mention. It is mounted just over the license plate. I’m sure Aptera’s will be much better becaause it is mounted at the top of the hatch, out of the backwash.

  • Harry Parker

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    December 18, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Now you’ve done it!

    I’m imagining how my Aptera would look with a custom wrap — with butterfly wings.

  • Harry Parker

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    December 16, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    I heard a few days ago that beta bodies were bing glue welded together in the Carlbad beta factory location. 3D scanning and other quality control of incoming parts is ongoing. They were still waiting for beta parts to arrive from vendors.

    Heard they will announce some new vendor partnerships in a few days or weeks.

    Factory location is currently being built up for Aptera assembly while old tenant stuff being cleared out.

    Over 15,000 reservations now. ????

    You probably heard that the current round of funding is closing at year end.

    First deliveries have been pushed to the 2nd half of 2022. ????

  • Harry Parker

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    December 15, 2021 at 9:27 am

    At one point months ago I remember an Aptera person saying rampup to full production volume would take months. I also heard that they hope to deliver 5000 in 2022. Hopefully they’ll be up to their full rate of 40 per day by the end of 2022, but it could take the full year to reach that.

  • Harry Parker

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    December 15, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Yes, I remember seeing that 5 years ago back in 2016. They did a good job in convincing Tesla to take cybersecurity more seriously.

    We can only hope the Aptera software team has taken that lesson to heart.

    Perhaps Aptera will also offer a reward for successfully hacking an Aptera like Tesla does? White hat hackers provide an important service.

  • Harry Parker

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    December 7, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Apparently the order numbers are assigned randomly now. They used to be sequential starting with 10,001, but that changed quite a few months ago now.

  • Harry Parker

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    December 1, 2021 at 7:29 am

    Last I heard, they have yet to complete the design of their off-road version.

    They have yet to complete a build of a Beta prototype to test their brand new standard suspension. Off-road design completion is probably waiting until after they see how well their standard suspension works on rough roads.

  • Harry Parker

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    November 12, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Norway also has a 100% import tax on cars which they waive for EVs, and a bunch of other EV incentives, like free tolls.

  • Harry Parker

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    November 11, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    The last report I read, a few years ago now, said that yes, the deer can hear them. However, they are just as likely to stop dead in the road and listen to you coming! No statistical study has shown they reduce collisions. ????

  • Harry Parker

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    November 8, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    My understanding is that physical limitations make adding hundreds of pounds more battery to an existing Aptera difficult. I imagine the suspension will need to change for those extra hundreds of pounds. (Going from 60 KWH to 100 KWH adds about 400 pounds.) I remember reading at some point that the ~1000 pound 100 KWH battery may need a modified, slightly bulkier body to fit into as well.

  • Harry Parker

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    November 8, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Not so fast . . . You left off a “small” detail about those Diamond batteries from NDB. Here’s one article on it: https://medium.com/0xmachina/the-nano-diamond-battery-ndb-too-good-to-be-true-548066508c49

    And below is the image at the top of that article. Note the power rating of this chip sized battery: 100 microWatts = 0.1 milliWatts = 0.0001 Watts. You’d need 10,000 to get a single watt out. You’d need 10 million of them to get a single KiloWatt out. And you’d need 150 times 10 million to get enough power to fully power the motors on an AWD Aptera.

    So a bunch of these nuclear batteries may be good for powering things like an old pocket calculator. But even enough to power your smart phone would require you lug them around in a suitcase.

  • Harry Parker

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    November 6, 2021 at 9:39 am

    I’ll 2nd that option to turn an Aptera into a “hybrid” EV.

    ???? Better than a Peloton!

  • Harry Parker

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    November 6, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for that great link. I’m bookmarking that one to share.

  • Harry Parker

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    November 6, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Thanks for catching my silly error.

    That man on a bicycle would have trouble performing the EPA combined highway and city drive cycle, however.

    I would like to know Aptra’s efficiency at bicycle speeds. Perhaps that would be close to a match.

    Then again, a man on a velomobile would beat even an Aptera every time.

    https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2010/09/the-velomobile-high-tech-bike-or-low-tech-car.html

  • Harry Parker

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    November 2, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Several points.

    1) I’m in NJ, too. Have you checked Aptera’s solar calculator to check what they estimate for your number times you’ll need to charge per year? You can get a rough estimate by playing with that. Based on that, it looks like NJ is in solar zone 6, and that works out to get you between 25 and 30 solar miles per day (with the full solar option installed).

    They modified it on this new web site so it no longer lists daily summer and winter solar charging miles nor annual charging miles for every solar zone (bad!) but they did upgrade the world map to have more detail (good!).

    2) Aptera has announced they plan to include a 120 volt AC inverter to allow you to plug in appliances and power tools, or even charge another EV (at a slow Level 1 rate only).

  • Harry Parker

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    October 17, 2021 at 7:15 am

    They are building their own batteries of their own lightweight design. They have stated they are testing standard battery cells from different manufacturers. The cells in the alpha versions may not be the cells used in production. Who knows — they may even be from multiple qualifiied sources to help ensure a sufficient supply.

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