PV1 wrote:...1. One pedal driving - The Bolt implements this feature perfectly. Aptera should copy this (and make the default drive mode selectable).
Agree and that is also a significant one for me, but I would like many options for the settings and a paddle (if not two, like the KonaEV). Also want a zero-regen mode for hypermiling on the open highway. In 2012 one of the reasons I bought my i-MiEV was because I didn't like the Leaf's
PV1 wrote:2. Optional connectivity - this is why I didn’t buy a Tesla. I don’t like the concept of an internet-connected car and would want it offline.
Doesn't bother me and I can't think of a reason not to be connected, as our long-distance driving relies on an active map and Tesla's route alterations based on real-time traffic. The Tesla app allows family to track the car's location, and lots of things can be done remotely; for example, when finishing lunch on the road I usually turn on the HVAC a few minutes before leaving the restaurant. I especially like the podcasts, but I guess you could feed all your entertainment from the cellphone.
PV1 wrote:3. Quality 2-channel stereo - Driving is the only time I can jam to music without interruption. Kick it old school with 2-channel audio, no Bose or other “premium” sound systems. The tweeter/sub setups lack depth.
It'll be interesting to see how the audio sounds inside that composite structure.
PV1 wrote:4. Key or key fob. Please, do not use a smartphone app for the vehicle key. Optional, maybe, but not the standard.
Yes, the phone as an alternative, although many people are permanently attached to their phones. Also, with proximity detection no need to push something to turn the car on - stepping on the brake does it just fine.
PV1 wrote:I still have to crunch numbers. I have some doubts on the solar charging, but so far the rest of the numbers jive. I’d love to see how they can actually fit 100 kWh of battery in the car.
For something this efficient, I can't see getting a battery that large, as they will have DCFC. The full solar option was relatively inexpensive but the recharge rate I suspect would do little on long trips. Need to do the math once they publish some specs.
I'm not holding my breath, as they have lots and lots of details to work out.