I’ve written before on the subject of delay in the EV industry:
According to this article from GreenCarReports.com, it looks like Aptera fans are facing similar news. John Voelker, the Editor-in-chief of this essential industry blog said, after spending about three hours at Aptera:
Paying customers will take delivery of their 2e production vehicles starting in the third or fourth quarters of next year, meaning July 1 or later.
UPDATE: This paragraph has since been edited out of the article on GreenCarReports.com. Divine from that what you will.
No doubt that the collective groan from the Aptera Forum is a familiar sound to EV fans everywhere. For example, Enertia fans in California who may be waiting for the bike to appear at Los Angeles area Best Buy stores have been told that October (make that late-October) is the target date for now. While my opinion is that it’s definitely worth the wait, I’d advise against holding your breath.
Interesting developments may emerge from a meeting today in California between Best Buy video-stars (from last week’s video, “Electric Vehicles at Best Buy“) Rick Rommel and Kai Patel and (say it with reverence) Chelsea Sexton, who is meeting with Brammo’s Channel Development Director, Adrian Stewart. (UPDATE: Ms. Sexton wasn’t there, but sent everyone a copy of “Who Killed the Electric Car?” I guess my copy is still in the mail. Sigh.) Oh sure, they’re probably talking about Best Buy’s new push to recycle old electronics but perhaps they’ll also tackle the EXCITING subject of ZONING, which has been one of the unexpected impediments which needed to be addressed before Best Buy can start selling and servicing the Enertia. (see “red tape” link, above, for more on this edge-of-your-seat issue.)
(What the heck is “Channel Development” anyway? I, for one, believe it has something to do with who gets to handle the remote control while you watch “Dancing with the Former Senators.” Perhaps Mr. Stewart will chime in. By the way, Tom Delay is NOT the Delay I was referring to in the title of this post.)