Did notice that in the articles. Another thing to remember is that cabin air & perhaps “engine bay” air is released by 2 vents by the license plate in back. Still unknown if they will use a heat pump or not. I hope so.
Unless I’m mistaken, a heat pump is just running an AC in reverse. I don’t know how much you need to modify an AC to run both ways, but the gains in efficiency in colder climates should more than make up for it. If not for the first iteration, I would be somewhat disappointed if they didn’t pursue it sooner rather than later considering they are all about efficiency.
Skepticism is unfortunate, but to be expected at this early stage in the development cycle. as the prototypes move forward, Aptera testing data is generated and published, and finally when government safety data is met and potentially exceeded, this skepticism will fade.
Of course, it will turn to enthusiasm as people actually see and get to drive the vehicles. 😉
Robert, heat pumps for vehicles are relatively common. The issue with installing in Aptera is the weight. To this point, Aptera is working to find or perhaps have someone build(?) one appropriate to meet Aptera’s high standards for efficiency. I know they are continuing the sourcing activity with the goal in mind of having a suitable heap pump for Aptera
All good points from an Engineer. Good for forum followers to see some of the considerations specific to designing for an Aptera. Helps us to appreciate the challenge for Aptera engineers and admire the progress they have made to date
The article as a whole was fairly positive. I wouldn’t be too bothered by concerns that they raised. The AC system is an open question. I have my own concerns about belly cooling efficiencies while sitting in stop and go traffic here in Atlanta in August. It’s going to be a challenge.