Aptera has already produced an animation to explain its stands so that customers have the right to repair their car. They quickly released a second animation on Never Charge. We had no idea the company would use animations to elucidate key aspects of their electric tricycle. The video above, posted about a month ago, explains its skin cooling technology.
Animation is a perfect way for us to visualize what Nathan Armstrong explained in a Denver Electric Vehicle Council webinar. Aptera uses a system of channels placed in the belly pan of the tricycle through which the battery fluid flows. A surface coating then transfers heat to the composite to cool the batteries.
This method developed by Steve Fambro allows the Aptera to eliminate radiators. They would increase the weight of the vehicle and penalize its aerodynamic shape, essential for its high fuel efficiency.
The video below explains why the Aptera is so wide.
If we were right, it had to be that way for aerodynamic reasons and probably to make it more stable as well. While the video says it’s perfectly suited to major highways and parking spaces available in the US, it’s probably too wide for Europe and other countries with limited space.
The Never Charge video below talks about another benefit of the Aptera: solar panels integrated into the body. They allow the car to recover “more than 43 kilometers per day” without ever plugging it in. Depending on where you live, how you park it and how much you drive, you will never be able to charge your tricycle, as the name suggests.
This system will make it difficult for the composite body to face the sun. Seeing how old cars can have cracked or burnt paint after being parked outside for too long, we wonder how Aptera plans to make this possible. We’ll probably see some animation on this very soon – and that will be more than welcome.