Body shell parts.

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  • Body shell parts.

     Ray Holan updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago 5 Members · 8 Posts
  • Christine Maslak

    Member
    October 4, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Where would you get body shell replacement parts, in case of fender benders or backing into something? Could you get the body shell repaired at any body shop?

  • Ray Holan

    Member
    October 4, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Appreciate your question, Christine. If the Aptera body were just fiberglas, any shop that does Corvette, boat hull, or motorcycle fairing repairs could do it. However, Aptera is a composite body that, as I understand it, is some sort of sandwich construction. That might be a stumbling block for a typical body shop. Hopefully, someone from the Aptera team can weigh in on your question.

    • Alain Chuzel

      Member
      October 6, 2021 at 7:52 am

      Not to be pedantic but “composite” effectively means 2 or more materials. Very generally, Corvettes, boat hulls, or motorcycle fairing are composites too (fiber reinforced resins). Some of Aptera’s parts are likely just as simple but much of them are most certainly not. They have on the order of 4 materials (fiber, resin, foam and honeycomb core). Rather sophisticated.

  • Peter Jorgensen

    Member
    October 4, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    A repair would typically consist of sanding/grinding out damaged material and replacing it with new material. This type of repair is common on boats and can be done at home with nothing more than an orbital sander, some nitrile gloves, and fiberglass. A good repair is stronger than the original structure in that area, but will add weight. This type of construction is very resistant to damage and won’t dent like your normal stamped steel or aluminum car. Front end body panels could be just replaced but irreparable damage to the vehicle safety shell would total the Aptera. In general it should survive crashes with less body damage than pretty much anything else on the road.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdqUTDCOGSs

    • Ray Holan

      Member
      October 5, 2021 at 5:45 pm

      Hi, Peter. Just viewed the video posted on YouTube by Kristen Dirksen. During the sequence of her tour inside Aptera headquarters she was shown a sample of the body panel sandwich material. Looks like repairing it would involve a slightly different process than repairing a standard fiberglas fender panel. Probably still manageable though.

  • richard garlick

    Member
    October 4, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    just dont rupture a cooling channel….bad day.

    • Peter Jorgensen

      Member
      October 6, 2021 at 7:36 am

      Cooling channels are just in the belly pan as far as I know – so most crashes wouldn’t be anywhere close. If you damage the battery/belly pan – then yes, battery replacement.

      If you drive a Tesla over a metal toolbox on the highway and damage the battery you have to replace it too.

  • Ray Holan

    Member
    October 6, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Came across this old Corvette in my supermarket’s parking lot. Clearly in need of some TLC . I noted how much thinner the fiberglass fender was in comparison to the sandwich construction of the Aptera’s body panels. I think it was a 70’s vintage Corvette.

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