The Aptera Forum
Would appreciate it if the Admin or Moderators would consider creating a Subsection for Aptera in Canada, so we could post on which Provinces allow 3-Wheel Vehicles to be used without a Helmet and about Insurance.
It is good to see that not only we in Europe have problems with the Aptera. Please, have a look at this link.
@Sarah Hardwick perhaps this thread would be adequate for people to post in about that topic
Yes, I have my reservation in but if I can't drive it like a car (no helmet) it is kinda pointless. Liscencing and insuring as a motor cycle or some other category is not a problem for me but kind of silly/redundant to wear a helmet in an enclosed vehicle. Makes it very difficult to promote.
I understand the requirement on open vehicles like the slingshot but not in a fully enclosed cabin.
@Sarah Hardwick Hello Sarah, please set up a section for European users as well. Check out this link:
@Sarah Hardwick Even better would be to group the countries in one section that have problems with the dimensions and laws.
Thank you! It sounds like we need to be doing a better job of providing detailed and regional-specific information in this area. For now, let's take @Daniel Watkins suggestion of keeping discussions on this thread and work together on how to best share this data with our community. @loswa @Max Conrad @acamara Your input is definitely appreciated! Happy to hear from you anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, I think reservation holders from each country (Ontario, Canada for myself) should get an occasional email with what requirements, limitations and registration information we will need prior to actually placing our final order. A progress report of what to expect importing, registering and operating the Aptera in our respective countries / provinces.
Toronto Canada, with two(2) Aptera's on reserve list. My brother and I would like to drive back to Toronto with our 2 new vehicles! Will publish our experience in our new website upon delivery.
Question: has there been any testing done in cold and/or snowy conditions and at altitude?
Altitude is an interesting thing. Air is sometimes used as insulation in electrical components and with thinner air can cause electricity to bridge the gap, and heatsink performance.
To "bridge the gap" requires high voltage. Aptera is only around 400 volts. Gas car ignition system is about 100 times that.
All cars have less air resistance at high altitudes, but unlike a gas car, EVs don't lose power in the thinner air.
Volkswagen recently beat all gas-car records in the Pike's Peak climb to over 14,000' elevation. In an EV.
Hi I am new to the form but I have a few questions about how this veh. is heated in the winter and cold in the summer? I have been dreaming of owning an EV before I am to old to drive anymore sadly that could be sooner than later.
It will have electric cabin heat, conditioning and ventilated seats. Designed to keep you and the battery comfortable in all temperature conditions except the most extreme.
Are you talking about a heat pump?
The heatpump may come later. Resistive heater for now until they figure it out
Car heat pumps that can't access ground heat like a home unit aren't all that great when it's really cold. Resistance heat isn't all that bad with a small cabin like Aptera or my Fiat 500e, which uses about 1kW to keep it warm inside when it's around freezing outside (after about 5 minutes of 6kW to warm it up).
Ctrl+F "winter" at Aptera's FAQ Spreadsheet: "The Aptera will have a full climate control system capable down to -20 and up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit, and with our sandwich core composites body offering great insulation and a nice heater, it’s very comfortable driving in the winter."
Thank you I was just wondering because of course we can get quite cold in Ontario especially as far north as I live right now.
I am not looking to buy for at lest a couple of years but I am sure I'll have more questions between now and