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MemberJanuary 23, 2022 at 8:38 pm
An alternative takeaway would be that they’re concerned for the safety of their engineers.
MemberJanuary 4, 2022 at 9:26 pm
Your design covers the front-facing camera location at the top of the windscreen. This would make most of the “Safety Pilot” functions non-functional.
MemberJanuary 4, 2022 at 9:16 pm
All pre-order reservation numbers are “eventually”. The day they request a percentage-of-price deposit is “soon” and the day they request full payment is “next”.
MemberJanuary 1, 2022 at 10:18 pm
Probably because they’re legally accepted replacements for mirrors everywhere on the planet except the US…
MemberJanuary 1, 2022 at 10:11 pm
Point #1: CCS has already been adopted as the national standard
Point #2: Tesla offered to share its charging tech but there were too many strings attached
Point #3: See point #1
Point #4: Tesla requires drivers to have an online account – you cannot “pay to charge”.
Point #5: Tesla wasn’t snubbed – that press conference was for legacy manufacturers who had or were about to launch EVs. No EV-only manufacturers were included.
Point #6: The Tesla connector is elegant as it works for both AC and DC charging but every non-Tesla EV and PHEV in North America and Japan has a J-1772 connector, in Europe an IEC 62196 Type 2 “Mennekes” connector and in China a GB/T connector for AC charging and either a CCS Type 1 (US/Japan), CCS Type 2 (Europe) or GB/T DC in China. The Japanese ChaDeMo connector is now no longer being used in new vehicles. So it pretty much comes down to a patent issue: Why pay Tesla to use its proprietary connector when we already have a connector we can use without charge?
MemberJanuary 17, 2022 at 10:15 pm
The overall width of a 2021 Ford F-150 – from side mirror to side mirror – is 95.7 inches: That’s considerably wider than an Aptera.
MemberJanuary 17, 2022 at 10:14 pm
Why would they not notice them? Do people regularly pull into parking spaces and hit adjacent vehicles? For one thing, Aptera’s front wheels are visually different than most other front wheels: That, alone, will cause people to notice them.
MemberJanuary 15, 2022 at 10:04 pm
Such a barrier wouldn’t need to be transparent as the rear-view “mirror” is actually a video screen: An insulating fabric curtain could be used to isolate the storage area!
MemberJanuary 15, 2022 at 10:02 pm
Most EVs and PHEVs have the ability to precondition (heat or cool) the vehicle while plugged in using grid (instead of battery) power to do so. From what has been said in the past, we believe Aptera plans to offer this function, as well.
Once the interior has been brought to a comfortable temperature, using heated seats and heated steering wheel can keep the occupants comfortable without blowing additional hot air around the cabin, using far less stored power.
As to range in sub-freezing weather – yes, EV range is reduced, but so is ICE range: We just don’t notice it as much anymore. Snow on the road also reduces range, as do headwinds. Most EVs have the ability to warm their batteries to an optimal temperature for charging, but it helps if they are kept out of cold, blowing wind while being charged.
I read that the recent spate of Tesla heat pump “failures” across Canada might not be problems with the heat pumps: It’s now thought that the ventilation louvers on the front of the vehicles are becoming frozen in the ‘open’ position, dissipating the system heat that the heat pump is trying to harvest before it can do so.
MemberJanuary 14, 2022 at 8:52 pm
MemberJanuary 11, 2022 at 10:58 pm
Lou, Virginia requires only a rear plate on an autocycle. https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title46.2/chapter6/section46.2-715/
MemberJanuary 10, 2022 at 8:04 pm
Every Adaptive Cruise Control system I’ve experienced has allowed the vehicle to coast and, in EVs, has employed regen to slow the vehicle to maintain the set maximum speed on, say, a downhill roll.
MemberJanuary 10, 2022 at 11:49 am
I missed this post, sorry: These stills from an Aptera video show that the wheel pants lighting is more decorative than functional. We never see the directional signals functioning but, one would assume, that the tail lights provide that function from the rear… Perhaps the front directional signals will be in the wheel pants and the lightbar across the nose might be the DRL?
MemberJanuary 3, 2022 at 10:19 pm
William, all you need to do is to ask Audra – Aptera already supplies business cards to Ambassadors.
MemberJanuary 3, 2022 at 10:16 pm
Order a Noir and adopt a vampiric life-schedule…
MemberJanuary 3, 2022 at 10:13 pm
A generic code to the website, perhaps, but I doubt Aptera could supply a custom referral QR code with each vehicle…
MemberJanuary 2, 2022 at 9:38 pm
Are EV owners needing to have their battery packs replaced in your area? I know the first gen Leaf battery was problematic, but they haven’t had those problems for the ensuing eleven years. Battery chemistries are much more stable than they used to be.
The only reason to replace EV batteries seems to be if they are severely damaged or if they have manufacturing defects. Otherwise, EV batteries are lasting for hundreds of thousands of miles with relatively minor capacity degradation.
MemberJanuary 2, 2022 at 9:32 pm
The beta units already have the customized Elaphe motors – what was customized was the way in which the power cables and cooling hoses connect to the motor.
The reason for sending an Aptera to Slovenia was to “tune” the motor controllers and customize the software, not to customize the motors.
MemberJanuary 2, 2022 at 6:40 pm
Joel Smith nails it: This isn’t a vehicle designed to be “aesthetically pleasing” – Aptera’s form is dictated by its function. The point of this vehicle it to determine just how efficient a functional vehicle can be. It’s not aimed at “mass adoption” – certainly not with a plan to build 10K units per year – but there are dozens of 2-seat 4-wheelers on the market that sell very, very well and have nowhere near the Aptera’s cargo-carrying practicality.
“Common knowledge” may be that everyone wants a vehicle that “fits in” with all the other vehicles on the road but, if so, why is the customization market an $8B industry in the US alone? So maybe this “common knowledge” is really just metathesiophobia. I am reminded of the scene in “The Life of Brian” in which the title character declares to the assembled multitude, “You are all individuals!” and the crowd responds as one voice, “Yes, we are all individuals.”