I'm in love with Aptera.....but it took a full day to get there. What makes Aptera positioned to do really, really well over the next 2-3 years no one has been able to do. Aptera has overcome the 3 consumer issues holding back "mass market" demand.
Cost to generally acceptable level. $36,000 seems to be that fulcrum point, so check mark 1 out of the 3 eliminated.
A big stopping point even now is the range. People don't like to buy for anything less than reaching 100% of the possible destinations the car shopper can imagine even just in case they get to take that trip to Branson, MO next year, but only if his mother-in-law won't go. Well Aptera fixes both!! Not only has Aptera blown the lid off the range issue by a country mile, our prospective buyer now only has room for his wife and himself, so no room for the mom in law too.
There are several great EV's that have hit or crossed the first two barriers of market acceptance...but not quite enough to turn more than a few heads of a small wise group of folks. Aptera took a unique approach to the issues surrounding how to get more total miles between charges. I think they just skipped the question and figured why not make it so I don't have to charge! So yes, they have again broken a barrier with a wide lead.
Most likely it will be at least 2-3 years before production of an EV will close the lead gap in range and charge features of the Aptera in any meaningful way. A issue for others is Aptera was willing to sacrifice the size in both passenger and storage capacity. That's what had me for a day...about 23 hours actually.
We as humans are realizing in greater numbers how to minimize. 2020 has taught us all how much we can live without and what we will also never allow ourselves to be without. I used to think it was space and things with weekend trips to Home Depot in the morning and Costco in the late afternoon. Strange how many cans of WD-40 you find when you move....but I digress. Yes, I'm actually loving the size and design and see past my first thoughts of another Can-Am copy of sorts. It's not at all like that other than wheel configuration with 2 up and 1 back.
But, hold on.....it's possible I get the model I may have to charge from time to time....or want another brand EV to add to my collection that acts like a very needy girlfriend when it comes to the "Charge Factor" involved in all EV relationships.
So what do you want to see happen with chargers? What types of standards? Government involvement?
EV Locations? EV Plan Networks? 2 things I'd like to throw out first. I'll post a YouTube does an excellent job of explaining our 3 "tipping points" as they call them . Primarily the video covers where we are in the Charge Challenge and how the rest of the world has addressed the charging dilemma.
Secondly, there's a guy out there I think has the key to accelerating a wide spread break through the Charging Barrier. Matt Teske and Chargeway (https://www.chargeway.net/) are quickly becoming the center of glue for EV's all over no matter what brand or model of EV. It doesn't matter either what chargers you need or like. Chargeway has consolidated all available information better that anyone else. If you aren't familiar with them, you should check out the second video I post.
The second video is actually a newer podcast called "Living Electric" and given the fact this video has not crossed over 35 view threshold yet...it's a good bet you've missed this gem. Matt is the guest on this show and does a fantastic job of explaining the issues in charging and what's it going to take to overcome them. He ought to know after spending the past couple of decades helping us desire a brand over another. His marketing background gives him a unique advantage and experienced perspective. Well worth the time....not boring...that's for sure!