Climate Control while Parked?
Normal cars cannot run their climate control system (at
least the air-conditioning system) when the car is parked.
-------- Fresh-Air System --------
The Fresh-Air system is powered (in at least in one mode)
by the rooftop solar cells, and is an independent system.
Presumably it also has a battery-driven "backup" mode of
operation which can be enabled when desired. This mode
could be used on cloudy days, and on nights when one
wants fresh air in the cabin. Maybe the Fresh-Air system
does not even require a fan when moving at any substantial
However, it would be nice to be able to close the fresh air
off completely, when driving through construction dust, a
dust storm, a mini-tornado, etc.
The Fresh-Air system should NOT just run whenever there
is sunlight. One might start with the cabin at some comfortable
temperature, and on a cold day with bright sunshine the
cold outside air would cool the cabin too much. Likewise,
hot air outside might warm the cabin when not wanted.
The automatic fresh air function should not start until the
cabin temperature is above some "comfort" temperature
and above the the outside air temperature. Likewise,
if the cabin air is below the "comfort" temperature, and
the cabin air below the outside temperature, the auto-air
function can run, to "warm" the cabin.
-------- Climate Control System --------
With the Aptera's all-electric heat-pump "Climate Control",
one could (if desired), leave the cooling/heating going
when parked for a short time. At least this would be an option
if the heat pump's out-of-cabin "radiator" can still get sufficient
airflow even when the car is parked. Perhaps this would
require a small fan blowing over the Climate Control's "radiator".
This would be a nifty feature not available in most other cars.
The Climate Control system does not require any fresh air
intake, and it can be strictly a recirculating-air system, like
the "max" setting for typical air conditioning systems on many
(or most) "standard" cars. Any fresh air can be added when
desired, by use of the Aptera's Fresh-Air system.
Cheers, Gary --- (544 for 2e, and 930 for 2h)
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