Frequently Asked Questions

Find out how to reserve Aptera and what makes our company and technology so different.

Frequently Asked Questions

Aptera is in the Beta phase of our vehicle development process, which means we are still running simulations, conducting tests and updating designs in preparation for production. Information on this FAQ is subject to change as we evolve to our final production vehicle.

Can the unit be fitted with a trailer hitch receiver to install a bike rack?

Yes.

If parked outside, will Aptera charge even when it is not on?

Yes, for example, while parked at the office on a sunny day, your Aptera could charge about 4.4 kWh.

What is the width across the front wheels?

Aptera is 88″ wide. We realize this may be wider than local regulations permit for some of our global customers and we working through this process with industry experts to ensure we can make Aptera available in Europe and the UK.

What is the ground clearance?

We are looking for at least 5″ on both the wheel covers and the belly of the vehicle, but the belly will likely be higher than the wheel covers.

What is the full height of the open door?

This may change slightly in production, but it is 6’2″ right now.

Can you see out the back window when solar is on the back hatch?

Yes, with our rear view cameras.

What level of autonomy will ship with the first vehicles?

We are looking to have level 2 available with the first vehicles and grow the features available from there. 

What are the ramifications of minor body damage?

The front and rear sections are designed to be replaceable if damaged. Both are made of impact-resistant plastic, as are the wheel covers. They are also both foam filled to help in a higher speed incident. The front nose cone along with our subframe, in particular, are designed to crumple against our angled firewall and extend an impact sequence to the benefit of our passenger safety cell. 

What is the max payload for the cargo area?

Aptera is designed to carry a 500 lbs payload of passengers and cargo, or a max of 300lbs in the rear cargo (if you only have the driver).

How stable is Aptera?

Our advanced aerodynamics has some real benefits. We have 110  MPH crosswind stability, while most flat sided cars start moving at 80 to 90 MPH. In addition to that, you barely feel semi trucks as you just slip through their turbulence. For people concerned about stability at high speeds; downforce on the rear of the vehicle is about 25 pounds at 65 MPH.

How will you change a tire on Aptera?

There will be a jack point to lift the vehicle for wheel/ tire repairs.

How many Wh per mile does Aptera get?

Aptera gets 100 Watt Hours (Wh) per mile, a fraction of the energy larger EVs are using to go the same distance.

Will a tow package be available?

Yes, we plan to make a Tow package available in the future. We envision Aptera could tow a small lightweight trailer for camping, maybe even adding some extra solar capability.

What’s the voltage of the system?

350 V nominal.

What is Aptera’s User Interface?

We worked with Crank Software to get an intuitive and efficient user interface for our vehicles. Find out about our partnership in the video below.

 

How does Aptera’s Skin Cooling work?

To dissipate heat, Aptera circulates coolant through biologically inspired channels throughout its skin. Learn more in the video below.

 

Have you taken Aptera to the track?

We took our Alpha vehicle to the track and put it to the test with our engineers as we refined our designs moving into Beta. This video shows our team at the track doing preliminary analysis on acceleration, braking and obstacle testing.

 

Will Aptera offer regenerative braking?

Yes! Aptera will offer regenerative braking, which uses an electric vehicle’s motor as a generator to convert much of the kinetic energy lost when decelerating back into stored energy in the vehicle’s battery. Then, the next time the car accelerates, it uses much of the energy previously stored instead of tapping in further to its own energy reserves. Aptera will offer adjustable levels in 3 or 4 settings, from off to very heavy regen braking.

How can Aptera get 40 miles of solar charge per day?

Depending on where you live and how your vehicle is configured, some drivers can get over 40 miles of range per day powered by the sun.  Our Co-CEO Steve Fambro explains the science behind this engineering innovation from the team at Aptera.

Why doesn’t every electric car do this?

They’d need a LOT more solar cells (like a 20’ billboard size) to do the job. But, because Aptera is so efficient we don’t need so many cells. It’s a great example of the engineering karma of an efficiency focused design. We use a lot less power to drive, so it takes a lot less power to charge, so much so that an efficient solar panel covering just the top of our vehicle can provide for the driving needs of most Americans.

How many times a year will I need to charge Aptera?

There is a solar calculator on our website: https://www.aptera.us/vehicle/

This will show you if your daily driving and location are compatible with a “Never Charge” lifestyle or if you will have to charge a few times a year.

How quickly does Aptera charge?

From the sun, you get up to about 40 miles per day. From a 110 V cord (like what you’d charge your cell phone on) you get 13 miles an hour or about 150 miles of charge overnight. At roadside charging stations you’d likely get about 100 miles in 10 minutes.

How do you charge Aptera when you need to?

Aptera can be charged and travel up to 1,000 miles in range by plugging into a standard 100 V or 220 V outlet. Aptera will also be compatible with CCS, J1772, Level 2 and CHAdeMO/ DC Fast Charge stations. We believe Tesla has some of the best EV technology in the industry and we hope to partner with them as well in the future. 

What do you mean by Never Charge?

The average American drives 29 miles per day. Even though the longest range Aptera can drive for about 1,000 miles between charge, the reality is that most of our driving is 30 miles or less. For Aptera, 30 miles consumes about 3 kWh of electricity. Now, let’s say your commute is 15 miles each way, let’s assume it’s dark when you’re driving to and from work. While parked at the office on a sunny day, your Aptera could put back in about 4.4 kWh which is far more than what you’ll use that day. You’ll arrive home with more charge than when you left with. That’s how it works, it’s as simple as that.

What are the benefits of a Solar Electric Vehicle?

One of the key features that sets Aptera apart from other electric vehicles is our unique combination of solar and electric power that will fuel your ride. Watch our video and learn more.

What’s a Solar Electric Vehicle (sEV)?

Eco-friendly transportation that preserves our natural resources by reducing carbon and chemical emissions. Solar vehicles give people the ability to constantly recharge using the power from the sun without any requirement of a charging station, making the driver independent.

Where will Aptera be manufactured?

We will manufacture these vehicles ourselves and intend to do the initial assembly here in San Diego. As we expand, sub assemblies may be made elsewhere and eventually we will have other plants around the world producing our Solar Electric Vehicles.