No new news here. I guess they are still looking although there are conflicting stories about potential manufacturing sites. Bothersome though that Aptera is so close to the manufacturing date in their currently published and advertised schedule without the site location nailed down. Maybe it is and just not announced.
The new VP of Production most likely has that monkey on his back.
I wonder if Aptera and Lordstown Motors Co (LMC) could collaborate on manufacturing. LMC is using Elaphe hub motors in its Endurance pickup truck and they are looking for partners to help fill the gigantic 6.2 million sq-ft factory they purchased from GM. LMC is dedicating 800,000 sq-ft of the factory to make Elaphe hub motors and battery packs in house.
If Sandy Munro models this after Dodge Viper’s manufacturing Aptera will not need anything close to a typical auto manufacturing plant. The Viper facility kicked out three handmade vehicles a day with four times the parts and many more heavy parts versus the Aptera. I would only guess most of Aptera’s small sub-assembly can be done using a forklift on five parts lines. They would not need many hand hoists for final assembly plus a conveyor belt to move the vehicle down the line can be installed somewhat quickly.
Once they make the vehicle the logistics of transportation to customers may be a challenge. It might not be just first come first served.