MemberAugust 23, 2021 at 5:53 am
Do you see any imported EVs in Japan? In addition to Japan’s reputation for being very unreceptive to American cars there will the additional challenge of charging standard. Japan is mostly CHADeMO which is dead in the West, the US uses CCS1 and Tesla and the EU uses CCS2. Aptera will start with an American standard, probably CCS1 and then do the EU CCS2 variant which mostly involves a different physical connector, the electronics are the same. CHADeMO would involve supporting a different protocol. I doubt they would want to do the work unless they saw a large market in Japan and the history of American brands there doesn’t make it a promising market. The other problem they will have is that the car is very very wide. That’s not much of an issue in the US, the land of giant pickup trucks, but it will be in both the EU and in Asia where the streets are narrower. Is CCS, in either form, supported in Japan?