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ModeratorOctober 16, 2021 at 6:18 pm
As to the glass, Steve Fambro said in a video recently, “just ordinary automotive glass.”
So don’t try bouncing any large ball bearings off of the windows.
ModeratorOctober 15, 2021 at 11:37 am
Days. But then I haven’t heard anything other than they filmed it in Joshua Tree National Park a few weeks ago.
ModeratorOctober 15, 2021 at 11:18 am
Wouldn’t you rather have this feature built in? Seems easy enough: pick the shortest route in miles rather than in time. Others mapping folks have had that option for years. Used to do that with Garmin for cross country trips across upstate NY, when I had the time. Great way to see some country roads.
ModeratorOctober 15, 2021 at 11:05 am
Yes, I also cringed at those vibrating wheel pants. I believe this must be the first or 2nd Aptera video that Aptera Motors did not pay for or control the editing of. We all now have a better feeling of what “alpha prototype” means. The design is not finished, yet.
This Aptera alpha is much more than just the pretty shell that some car companies show off on stage at car shows: car shells that must be pushed onto the stage because they don’t even have an engine or motor inside. However, it is a garage built and hand built incomplete vehicle. The beta prototypes will be the first “road legal” ones, maybe. Or maybe not, because they intend to test many of them unto death.
ModeratorOctober 12, 2021 at 3:07 pm
No need to have the cameras retract, because they don’t extend as far as the front wheels. I like your other ideas.
ModeratorOctober 12, 2021 at 3:02 pm
The Aptera, registered as a type of motorcycle, follows the rules for a motorcycle license plates, at least in all the states I’ve read about. Those are much smaller that a car’s license plate.
Where you you live? Does your state require motorcycles to have a license plate in the front?
ModeratorOctober 11, 2021 at 6:10 am
Yes, Aptera Motors has smart people from all over. Their Chief Technical Officer, Nathan Armstrong, is from Alberta, Canada. Canadians really understand the impacts of cold weather up there in their bones!
ModeratorSeptember 30, 2021 at 8:29 pm
Well, yes, the off-road option is sure to reduce the range.
More of the tires will be exposed for one thing. Those wheel skirts are there to reduce drag, so less wheel skirt means more drag, leading to less range.
What we don’t know: By how much?
Until they decide on, test and reveal their simulated wind tunnel tested off-road design, we won’t know.
ModeratorSeptember 29, 2021 at 8:51 pm
I guess they can’t count all the money that’s rolling in from hats and tee-shirts, etc. ????
ModeratorSeptember 28, 2021 at 5:25 pm
I took a tape measure to my pretty standard garage, built in 1976. It fits with about 4 inches to spare on each side. Tight, but doable.
But most of the time I’ll park it under the Sun. Maybe get a cover for it to protect against winter storms.
ModeratorSeptember 28, 2021 at 10:38 am
10 inches would be 5 inches per side. No way the wheel covers extend 5 in. from the outer edge of the tire. I’d guess less than 2 inches.
Anyway, fenders exist for a safety reason on all cars, as well as to reduce drag. They prevent the throwing of mud, water, snow & stones. It’s illegal in most places to drive without wheel covers on public roads.
ModeratorSeptember 27, 2021 at 1:58 pm
Ravi, This is a public forum. It is for sharing with the interested public. Anybody can read it, by design.
Anybody with an email address can get an account here to write. Anyone can keep that account as long as they don’t abuse it. Identities here aren’t verified. Closing it to account holders only won’t keep anyone who wants from seeing it.
How do you think making this forum closed would protect you?
If you want to write something privately to Aptera, I suggest you use another method such as a private email, perhaps via the “CONTACT US” link on the lower right.
Even email is not that private. Who knows where email is cached and who has access to it? I try to remember that email is about as private as writing a post card and then use the internet accordingly.
ModeratorSeptember 27, 2021 at 1:17 pm
My understanding is that no ODB type tool will be required. Rather, all the diagnostic messages will be available straight from the main screen. The service and repair manuals will be built into the Aptera and available as a free download from the company’s web site.
ModeratorSeptember 3, 2021 at 8:09 am
The cooling is in all the places I mentioned based on what I’ve read and heard directly from the folks at Aptera.
Steve Fambro mentioned in the first video describing Aptera’s patented cooling system about sometimes being able to see condensation patterns in the morning on the side of the Aptera in the shape of the capillaries, while pointing to behind the driver’s door.
In another discussion someone mentioned how the solar panels on the roof gained extra efficiency by being cooled by those capillaries in the roof’s skin. Those solar panels may not contribuute to charging the battery while the Aptera is being DC fast charged. In that case some of the heat may also be radiated through the roof as well.
Of course the final design may be modified based on the extreme performance testing in the coming months.
ModeratorSeptember 3, 2021 at 7:07 am
Ken, you wrote, “Aptera has no way of actively discarding excess heat when it’s not moving.”
I think you underestimate Aptera’s cooling system potential.
The Aptera has radiative surfaces on the belly, sides and roof of the vehicle, pumping cooling liquid to all those skins. In addition they have a fan driven exhaust vent in the rear of the vehicle. Even if 50KW charging is only 90% efficient, that means they need to radiate just 10%, 5 KW of heat, spread over much of the surface area of the car. I estimate that radiative surface area to be over 8 square meters, so well less than a KW per m^2.
ModeratorAugust 29, 2021 at 10:02 am
Hey Fanfare, NJ is bigger than you think. Look NW of you, North of Flemington near Clinton. That’s my practically next door neighbor, Steve and I, also in NJ. (Easton is on the eastern border of PA.) So that’s 3 of us NJ Aptera folk who have gone public.
ModeratorAugust 28, 2021 at 9:31 am
After 2 long lasting (many days) power outages here in NJ years ago, I finally shopped around for an emergency generator. You can buy a gas powered one for under $1000 that’s good for 7.5KW. I figured it cost over $1/KWH to run. Bought and installed my own transfer switch for a few hundred dollars to power my home’s critical circuits and I was good to go. Got it inspected to keep the town happy, too.
I can now run my water pump, fridge, pellet stove, microwave, heat the outside bathroom to keep the pipes from freezing, so I’m good to go. Of course the power has never gone out once since then for over an hour or 2. ????
All that is way less expensive than solar panels on your roof, but only good for rare emergencies. It is also much less expensive than a home battery storage system.
If your utility allows it and pays you for any excess electricity your solar panels generate and you send to the grid through a grid-tie inverter, then ALL the electricity they generate will be used. That’s the most cost effective way to use your rooftop solar panels. Then charge all your EVs and run your home from the solar + grid power in your walls.
ModeratorAugust 25, 2021 at 7:02 am
Buying an extra set of wheels for snow tires should be no problem, as the Aptera will use R16 wheels, a common standard size.