MemberSeptember 2, 2021 at 6:53 pm
It’s a van, it’s in a completely unrelated segment. All it has in common with Aptera are the solar cells which are just a gimmick in both case but much more for Sono. The Aptera’s super high efficiency means that at it’s home in San Diego it could in theory get enough power from the sun to handle a common commute, elsewhere it’s not as useful. For the Sono there is no scenario where it can capture enough solar energy to do anything useful. The Sono is a city van, it doesn’t have enough range to go anywhere. It’s range is only 305KM WLTP, which will probably translate into 150-175 miles EPA. The killer feature of the Aptera is it’s extreme range, 400 miles for the cheap one and 600 miles for the middle priced one.
I don’t see any future for Sono, vans and mini-buses are mainstream vehicles that will have plenty of competition from the legacy automakers, the VW Buzz will be out by then. And when Stelantis finally get’s it’s act together expect to see a BEV Pacifica, they already have a plugin Pacifica so BEV version is obvious.