I'm not saying it never makes sense, I'm saying the market where it does make sense is incredibly small. I'm also predicting Aptera to fail, just like every other US automotive manufacturer has in the last 100 years, with the exception of Tesla. Maybe they're not exactly an automotive manufacturer since they build trikes, but that's an even more niche market. It's almost as if they were trying to build something that would seriously appeal to as few people as possible at the price point of their product.Think about it, if you live in an apartment in Phoenix and you max out the solar and you only to ever plug in, period, end of story, a few times per year, what's that worth to you? Priceless, the difference between a BEV being viable and not even? Charging once every few months is way different than charging 6 times a month as an errand.
...I think the price point where it stopped being worth it was somewhere between $2-3,000 per kW or something. Again, we're talking about something I probably saw like 6 months ago though. Max optioned out solar is +$900 and brings you to 700kW total from (?).
The price point where solar makes financial sense is easily calculable based on anticipated kWh added and anticipated years of ownership compared to your local cost of electricity. From an economics standpoint, there's nothing uniquely special about putting solar on an Aptera vs any other EV. A kWh added to a Bolt saves the same money as a kWh added to an Aptera. Efficiency has no bearing on the cost of a kWh.
300 watts comes standard on the Aptera. You can add 400 more for $900, which is how I abstracted out the total price of 700w to the consumer is $1,575. all of which would generate 3x more electricity if installed on the roof of a house rather than the roof of a car.
I see the appeal to single apartment dwellers in sunny regions though. If I were a reclusive apartment dweller in a sunny place, especially Hawaii, I may seriously consider it.
Has the company entered the "manufacturing h ell" phase yet? If not, that's the hard part, not prototyping concepts.
... and my confidence in hub motor durability is quite low. We'll see, maybe something has been figured out in that regard. Ride quality is probably very poor.