How do I charge my Aptera?

NACS Ladebuchse des Aptera

Charging Apera

In America, the Aptera is offered with the NACS standard (North American Charging Standard).
This charging standard for electric vehicles was developed by Tesla. It has been used in Tesla vehicles on the North American market since 2012.
Since November 2022, the standard has also been released for other manufacturers.

In Europe, we mainly use the CCS2 (Combined Charging Standard). It is highly likely that the EU version of the Aptera will be delivered with CCS2 connectors at a later date. Until then, NACS->CCS2 adapters could be used, which we will of course deliver with the first vehicles.

Charging Aptera with the sun

Let's start with the highlight. If you opt for the full solar package and park your vehicle in the sun, you'll be driving for free most of the way in certain regions of Europe. Even in countries with lower solar intensity like the Netherlands, you can drive around 10,000 km for free every year. Unless, of course, you park your car in a garage.

On the website, you can find out in more detail how often you need to charge, depending on your daily mileage and location.
Click on the question mark on the page to find out how your region rates in terms of solar energy.
Follow the link behind the world map image to calculate the possible solar potential of your Aptera.
Do not forget: You need to convert miles to kilometers in the data. 1 mile = 1,60934 kilometers

If this is too complicated for you: We assume that between 10 and 35 kilometers are possible in Germany due to the solar panels. The variations are due to the season. So in winter always think of the soft whisk ;)

Charging Aptera at home / at destination

Due to the extreme efficiency of Aptera (16 kilometers per kWh), even the simple 3.3 kW on-board charger can give you a range of 53 km per hour, even conservatively calculated.
This means that a normal 230 V outlet with a 16 A fuse is enough to give you more than enough range overnight.
Let's say you get home at 18:30 on a workday and leave the house at 07:30 the next morning. That means you can charge your Aptera at home for 13 hours, resulting in an additional range of about 680 km. That means you never have to use a fast charger on your normal commutes. That's easy on your battery and your wallet.

Charge Aptera overnight while traveling

Another scenario is that you're going on a long trip (like a vacation) and driving through remote areas where there are no charging stations for electric cars. With Aptera, you can fully charge your vehicle overnight if you ask someone to plug it into a regular outlet.

Charging Aptera at a fast charger while traveling

The final charging power of the Aptera at fast charging stations (DC or HPC charging stations) has not yet been determined. Either 40 or 60 kW is assumed.
At 40 kW charging stations, the Aptera would recharge energy for about 100 km range in about 10 minutes due to its low consumption.
At 60 kW charging stations, it would recharge energy for around 100 km range in just 6 minutes. This is the 800V Porsche Tycan or IONIC 5 league.

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Vor über 30 Jahren haben wir die erste Solar PV-Anlage auf dem Dach montiert.

Später kam der Kewet Eljet 4 als erstes Elektrofahrzeug hinzu. Damals träumte man noch von Rekuperation. :)

Heute (2022) sind auf der Firma alle Dächer mit PV-Modulen belegt, eine 100 kWh Batterie trägt die 3D-Drucker und die EDV durch die Nacht.

Wir stellten im Jahr 2022 in der Summe mehr Strom her, als unsere Unternehmen benötigen.
Daher stehen auf auf dem Firmenparkplatz 12 Ladesäulen. 10 eigene und 2 öffentliche (die Katze (meine Frau) mitfinanziert hat. Alle Firmenfahrzeuge sind elektrisch.
Konsequenz der effizienten Fortbewegung: Wir müssen den Aptera nach Deutschland bekommen.

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