MemberAugust 18, 2021 at 8:15 am
I don’t see how there can be any market for the Lightyear. $175K is more than a fully tricked out EQS and if were in the mood to spend that kind of money on a car it would be an EQS not a Lightyear. Solar panels on a car are just a gimmick, they serve no useful purpose. Aptera is using that gimmick also but it’s real appeal is it’s efficiency which translates to very long range at a reasonable cost. Solar panels belong on the roofs of houses not on the roofs of cars. A house roof has much more area, weight doesn’t matter and it never goes through a car wash. More importantly you know how much sun it’s going to get. A car parked in a garage gets no sunlight, under a tree very little and even in the best of circumstances in most of the country there just isn’t enough sun to make it worthwhile. Aptera’s 40 mile number is at their home base of San Diego, in Massachusetts where I live the best case scenario is only 20 miles and that assumes you can park it out in the open, we have lots of trees which greatly reduces the sun available to the roof of a car.