Comments on: Egg-shaped Aptera is no wallflower, but would you buy one? Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Alfred Anderson Thu, 11 Jun 2009 17:16:50 +0000 #2081 for the all-electic. I commute about 40 miles round-trip each day. I do some around town travel as well. My wife also needs a car, so that will be the “family” car and used for trips. But why have 2 “family” sized vehicles for the rare times when needed. Much better to just rent a van for those exceptions. I hope to get a bit of solar on my roof when I can finally get this, but saving for Aptera purchase first.

By: Don Medaris Wed, 11 Mar 2009 21:28:28 +0000 For those of you that have power grid issues, you can always purchase a solar array that totally eliminates dependance on the grid. I’m #2642 on the production list and anxiously await my Aptera.

By: Jason foley Sat, 07 Mar 2009 19:49:12 +0000 I’m looking forward to the day either the hybrid or the electric car is available in TN.

Lack of seating for four hurts the ability for families to use it, but they could do it with two. Price should be <$18k if seating isn’t increased to five. Otherwise, the Aptera won’t be used for family outings. It’s still unbeatable as a daily driver work vehicle. $200/year is a very nice operational cost.

By: chris Sat, 07 Mar 2009 19:08:58 +0000 Yes, I would buy one. Unfortunately, they won’t sell to non-California residents. Yet, they say. At the moment, I chafe impatiently.

I can ‘reserve’ one of any number of electric vehicles, many of which are as likely as not to be vaporware? Meanwhile, my fuel budget is annoyingly high, even with the now-lower cost of gas in the US. Back at peak prices (which we’re unlikely to see in the next few years at least) my fuel bill would have covered the cost of a car payment.

By: Hudson Mon, 02 Mar 2009 01:25:51 +0000 I cannot wait!

By: Scott Sat, 28 Feb 2009 17:30:29 +0000 I’m production slot #333 and I am hoping my 7 year old Prius will last long enough for my next car (or should I say motorcycle) will be an Aptera.

The British raise and interesting point. How many Aptera’s can be charged every day with the existing energy infrastructure?

Let’s assume that all Aptera’s will be charged at night to take advantage of excess generation capacity. Note that we do not need to make this assumption, because most of the day the grid has considerable extra capacity, see reference #1 below.

Between the hours of midnight and 5AM, power consumption is approximately 1/10 the peak day-time use, which means that at least 90% of generating capacity is available for charging in those hours. (all sources of data are below)

The US generates 4.167 Trillion KWH per year of electricity and the average consumption level is about half the peak consumption level. This means the US has at least 950 MW national generating capacity.

Recharging an Aptera is likely to consume about 10 KWh on average.

Therefore considering only the 5 hours between midnight and 5AM, the current US electrical grid has the capacity to recharge 475 million Apteras every night.

I guess the electrical grid is not a problem after all.

The $20-40K price range includes both the electric (cheaper) and the hybrid (more expensive) versions. html/FSEC-PF-300-96/images/image79.gif id_car

By: Julian Norton Sat, 28 Feb 2009 10:21:19 +0000 Ok, heres a British viewpoint

This is just theory, but if everyone in america went out a bought an electric car tomorrow, then where would you get the power from? I am sure you wouldn’t have enough power stations for your country to add 8 full hours of charge every night in addition to the power you need in every day life? Your national grid couldn’t cope?
So then you’d be like china, having to build a power station every week, nuclear or coal fired?!!!!

Surely this idea is only eligible for a select few?

We developed the Sinclair C5 electric car/buggy I think it was in the 1980’s – it was the most famous flop in history.

And the car covers 100 miles? If it runs out of charge/breaks down, then assuming recovery trucks come to collect it – to take it to a power point for 8 hours? Then is the owner going to wait there for 8 hours – no they’ll get someone to collect them.

Maybe the idea for america is like the one we have in Europe. Do you really need 6litre, 5litre, 4litre, 3litre or even 2 litre engines under your feet? We have engine sizes from 500cc (half a litre) to 1.5 litre family cars, and they work!!!!

By: robert Wed, 25 Feb 2009 11:17:31 +0000 i would also consider the Zap Alias , another cool three wheeler !!!!

By: Shamus Thornton Wed, 25 Feb 2009 06:15:20 +0000 Yes, I would buy one. In fact, my production slot is 1947. The reservation fee of $500 is fully refundable at any time, and goes to the purchase price. I’m looking for the no-frills all-electric 2e, which by the way includes a lot of standard frills. The price is comparable to a Honda Civic Hybrid, but of course it only seats two (plus a child seat). The thing is that most people don’t need more car than this most of the time, and you can rent a car for those other times. They have a lot of info on their website, including complete specs (like height). If you live in a cold climate, the batteries may not perform as well. I understand that it will come in various colors – I want red. Also, I’ve compared to the other electric cars out there, and this one is the best thought out, the closest to reality and the most economical. Finally, many thanks to James Ellis for his service to our country.

By: Random Numbers Wed, 25 Feb 2009 05:29:55 +0000 I would buy the hybrid in a heartbeat. It has all I want in a small car.
1. It’s a gas mouse.

2. It has decent performance (If the accel curve and handling are similar to the electric).

3. It looks cool.

I would, however, not buy any pure electric car. I cannot bring myself to be grid-dependant for transportation in case of an emergency. If I can’t drive it away from the hurricane, I won’t buy it.