For those not on the Aptera Facebook forums, we've been having a spirited discussion about battery size, range, and road trips. A recent article on the Ford Mustang Mach-E prompted me to think about highway range and how EV road trip mileage is presented in testing articles and videos. Since some who are interested in the Aptera are also new to EVs, I wanted to point out how the driving and charging cadence on EV road trips typically works.
Typically, you don't run the battery to 0% state of charge (SOC) and typically, you don't charge above 80% after the first trip leg because the 80-100% SOC charge time takes so long. Therefore the battery charging and discharge cycles tend to oscillate in the 20-80% SOC. One important factor is the charging power and thus speed. This is where the Aptera is a game changer. 50 KW DC fast charging (slow by 2021 standards) would add enough energy in 20 minutes to cover more than 2 hours of driving due to the Aptera's efficiency. Even the lowly but ubiquitous 7KW Level 2 chargers add a mile a minute of range.
Since we all still have the opportunity to do the final configuration on our Apteras before delivery, please think about what range and battery size makes the most sense for *you*. One size does not fit all.
Discussion and constructive feedback is welcomed.