The Aptera Forum
No RWD yet, although I'd like to see that to reduce the cost/weight/complexity, which matches their philosophy.
No external solar yet either, although that seems like a cool idea: Pull it out of the hatch & plug it in while parked, to enable a full daily recharge at Christmas in Toronto.
Or tow an aerodynamic solar collector around!
A horizontal panel would make a pretty aerodynamic trailer.
By my calculations*, an Aptera-width panel 26 feet long would keep the battery full all day, averaging about 48mph. Then after dark you could still drive another battery's-worth non-stop to a sleep-time charger.
*Aptera says the EPA test at 48mph gives 10mi/kWh, or 0.1kWh/mi.
48mi/hr x 0.1kWh/mi = 4.8kW
That's 4.1kW, factoring in the car's own 0.7kW 3 square meter panels (32sq.ft).
32 x 4.1/0.7 = 187sq.ft needed, divided by Aptera's 7.33' width is 26.5sq.ft long.
Time to do a Cannonball Run challenge on solar power only, start out with a full battery!
World Solar Challenge in Australia.
A 12 volt separate solar panel (or other voltage) with inverter to 120 V, 60 Hz would allow you to plug in your Aptera just like it was plugged into your house outlet, as long as the panel has enough capacity (watts).
That rear wheel drive mention really caught my attention. Less weight. Half the motor, wiring and cooling cost. And I'd guess 0 to 60 in around 10 seconds - roughly equivalent to my Honda Element at this time.
@caseymccarty current two front motors assist with power steering and a number of other safety functions.
@Riley Now that calls for some pretty sophisticated computer control.
I've heard that trikes can have steering challenges. The tilting front wheel system that Arcimoto just purchased is a mechanical solution currently popular.
Probably significantly under 10 seconds 0-60, due to less weight AND the ability to apply more (full?) torque to the rear wheel because of rearward weight shift under acceleration.
The prior version steered fine without tilting: