The Aptera Forum
Thanx for the video. The start of production is 12/2021, in the first year 2022, 1500 units will be built, I will probably be sitting in an Aptera in July 2024 (Order# 3100), oh I forgot about the Europe customization i.e. maybe I can hope for my Aptera in 2025. 😪
If the European model requires lots of adaptions I could imagine they hire a thrid party like Karmann or Magna or somebody in Poland to assemble. Especially if assembly is mostly manual which makes sense. Ship the parts to Europe. Then all you need is a large building, the carts, parts feeder shelves, off you go. And save on import taxes.
Honestly to get a quick start and get the cars on the streets = free marketing, I would have offered less choices. Max 2 exterior colors, only 1 interior, no gimmicks. Because initially it will be the geeks like us buying and it will remain a niche car for a very long time. I'd buy the aptera in any color. I just want to get one asap.
I believe those videos of them hitting the old Aptera with forklifts were them destroying the prototypes after the company went under and sold the IP to China. Kind of explains the haphazard way the videos were done.
But the business plan seems to be up to date
This vid says 1 unit per day, per mold. One of the recent founder interviews said they'd have 20 molds, & also UV curing, taking much less time than traditional resins, but I can't remember the specifics.
1200 vehicles in first year or 100 vehicles a month is "only" 5 vehicles per day.
Since I'm # 10026 I'm hoping to be driving my new Aptera before Christmas 2021
I think this vid says body production is the limiting factor but if so, he may need to bump up all the numbers. Aptera said "20 mold sets", with "20 minute cycles" (using UV curing*).
That's 2100/week, at a conservative single-shift 5-day work week of 7 work hours (with 1-hr lunch, & 15-minute breaks taken during curing).
20 molds x 3 parts per hour x 7 hours x 5 days = 2100.
At 50 work weeks per year that's 105k/year.
* That's the quote I couldn't recall above, but I found it at 26:26 of this interview vid
I think the point we all need to keep in mind is the light duty the factory will face. I see nothing that will require more than a six or maybe 8 inch concrete floor. The bodies might even work in a dip style paint system. I think Sandy Munro envisions something more like abandoned shopping centers or the like. Develop a good working scale and then replicate, replicate and replicate. At any rate it's fun to watch a new approach to transportation and product manufacturing come to life. Who would believe $25+ thousand dollar mail order mass marketing. Okay: Besides Elon.
Please, take into account that the production cannot be simply increased if the money is not available in the initial period. Also it was not spoken about the office activities and logistics (purchase processing, shipping, transport, repairs, warranty processing) that need further money and must be built up.
Yes. Money! Is there an IPO coming along anywhere in sight?
If there is a delay of production it will more than likely be from one of their part suppliers. In one of their interviews they mentioned a huge backorder of 6 months for the chips to run the software.