I am the original owner of #68. I owned my jellybean from 2000-03. Although it s been 6 years since I sold Bullet, I have followed the group. I know that thisMessage 1 of 2 , Apr 1, 2009View SourceI am the original owner of #68. I owned my jellybean from 2000-03. Although it's been 6 years since I sold Bullet, I have followed the group. I know that this is a Sparrow group, but there are a number of similarities between the Aptera (www.aptera.com) and the early Sparrow days. I might purchase an Aptera someday and I would like to forward info from this group to the two Aptera Yahoo groups so they may benefit from this group's experiences.
Both three-wheeled vehicles are innovative and are/were developed by start-up California companies. Whereas Corbin was willing to sell the Sparrow outside of CA (I live in NY), Aptera will not do so until everything is established first in CA. They want to make sure every aspect of the business (dealers, maintenance, etc) works smoothly. The Aptera is also classified as a motorcycle.
There are approximately 4,000 people who have put down $500 deposits including celebrities like Robin Williams. Sounds just like the early days of the Sparrow. The release date is supposed to be 10/09 but there had been earlier dates in the past. Of course, some of the depositers have been getting antsy and others have complained about not getting return calls. Sound familiar?
Anyway, since this is a CA thing, and several of the members here are from the left coast, your input would be helpful to the Aptera group. I would not be surprised if some of you are on the Aptera waiting list and others on this group may be following the development of the Aptera.
I find that there is not alot of technical info on this vehicle. I don't see much about the powertrain and there is still no commitment in regards to the batteries that are going to be used. This is really odd since they are supposed to be available this October. I will forward any discussions to the Aptera groups and I am sure that they will appreciate any input.
BTW, I currently own a Prius and cycle with a Greenspeed trike, so I am stlll interested in electric power and 3 wheel designs. I still carry baby pictures of Bullet in my wallet and people still are surprised about the vehicle.
... Craig - thanks for asking. I put my name on the Aptera waiting list after I learned about their conversion to front wheel drive - a superb move in myMessage 1 of 2 , Apr 1, 2009View Source
> Anyway, since this is a CA thing, and several of the members here are from theCraig - thanks for asking.
> left coast, your input would be helpful to the Aptera group.
I put my name on the Aptera waiting list after I learned about their
conversion to front wheel drive - a superb move in my opinion.
I just recently joined one of the Aptera Yahoo groups (didn't know there are
two) and haven't done my homework yet, but I have a few Aptera wish list
items they may have already considered:
1. Differently-priced battery options; e.g. size ranges of 50 miles, 100
miles, 150 miles. In my case, all I need is 50 miles as for anything further
I'll take my Insight (77.3mpg lifetime).
2. A joystick for manual variable regeneration control for slowing down and
braking - I've added one to my Insight and love it! Yes, it could be coupled
to the brakelight.
3. A dashboard two-position switch labeled "PERFORMANCE" and "ECONOMY" that
would simply limit peak current draw when in ECONOMY. This would be
especially suitable for newbies to ensure they can get a range somewhere
near that advertized.
Just my two-cents' worth.