It's here! It's here!

Discussion in 'Aptera' started by Kerbe, Apr 2, 2024.

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  1. Kerbe

    Kerbe Well-Known Member

    The first "Production Intent" body shell has arrived at Aptera headquarters in California. The black that you see is carbon fiber and the white is fiberglass: This will sit upon an aluminum chassis that holds the battery pack and to which the drive train is attached.
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  3. Cruiser

    Cruiser New Member

    Wow, this is amazing and exciting information! I can't wait to see what the future holds for Aptera with this innovative technology.
     
  4. Kerbe

    Kerbe Well-Known Member

    A wider view, showing the "hood" panel, the two doors, a bottle of Windex and - behind the crate - the rear hatch structural panel.
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  5. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member Subscriber

    I remember this scene from 2011, when the original Aptera Motors was shutting down. Chief engineer Tom Reichenbach is lying, exhausted, next to the last-ditch, 4-wheel mock-up that was too little, too late to save the company.

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    It's great to see high-tech, carbon-fiber castings produced from megabuck molds that are the result of seriously advanced engineering--contrasted with mock-ups stuck together with bubblegum and bailing wire. I wonder if any of Aptera's engineering staff laid down on the floor next to the long-awaited, production-intent body shell, exhausted, but this time triumphantly exhausted?
     
  6. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member Subscriber

    Aptera employees appear to be giddy with the arrival of the first production-intent body shell.

    "OK, that's enough touchy-feely time. Everybody out! We have to get this baby on the road ASAP!"

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    "What? I waited a long time for my turn--give me just a few more minutes!"
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