Lightyear One solar car goes into production

The technology used by Lightyear, which develops the world’s first high-range solar car, has just been validated says the Dutch tech company in a statement. From now on, the company concentrates on preparing the car for its future drivers with important steps to be taken before it is put into circulation: approval of the number plate, collision tests and above all the permission to circulate on open roads.

Meanwhile, the company has taken a significant step in its development, since the first 150 units of Lightyear One Pioneer Edition have found a buyer at a price of € 150,000 per. unit. A relatively high price, but lower than the “Limited Edition”, which is now offered for reservation at the prohibitive price of € 250,000, according to Automobile Monitor. A price described as “realistic” by the company considering the development or production costs of this vehicle equipped with a 60 kWh battery, solar panels for an advertised range of 700 km at 85 km / h (400 km to 130 km / h). The manufacturer plans to launch version 2 of its model by 2025 at the more affordable price of € 30,000. Or practically the price of a Renault Zoé.

Production of the first vehicles was to begin at the end of the year at Valmet in Finland. Lightyear One is planned for a total production of 946 units.

With its extended Audi A7 profile and 5.06 meters in length, the Lightyear One is an electric car consisting of 4 small independent engines whose advertised consumption is 8.3 kWh / 100 km, or half of a Tesla Model 3. Even though this power is not extraordinary, it can run 710 km. This new car can be recharged on a conventional socket, on a fast terminal up to 60 kW, and of course via the solar panels that it is equipped with on its most exposed parts. According to the manufacturer, Lightyear regains 12 km of autonomy per hour. Parked in the sun, half a day, it can thus find 100 km.

“We are determined to develop optimal technology for our vehicles”

If safety and reliability are crucial for the Dutch manufacturer, this car must offer the driver a unique driving experience. For example, the mirrors have been replaced by a rear view camera, a parking camera and two side cameras. The high-quality interior is made from recycled and sustainable, plant-based materials. Outside, the body’s solar panels are made from recycled carbon. Finally, thanks to the car’s screen and the interface that accompanies it, the driver can not only follow the state of charge as well as the number of kilometers of autonomy provided by solar energy.

Since the start of Lightyear, we have been committed to developing optimal technology for our vehicles. », says Lex HOEFSLOOT, CEO of Lightyear. ” This crucial milestone, which has just been reached, makes room for a new chapter, production, which begins at the end of the summer, to quickly see Lightyear models on the road. “.

And to continue:with the first models in use, we will be able to continue to refine this technology to bring Lightyear Two to the market, intended for the general public. The launch of this series will be the right catalyst to achieve our mission of clean mobility for all “.

In this context of sustainable mobility accessible to all, the manufacturer recently entered into a partnership with “The Sharing Group”, of which MyWheels, the leading car-sharing platform in the Dutch market in the field, is a member. The latter will offer Lightyear One from 2023 and will add 5,000 Lightyear Two to their offer in 2024-2025. This partnership enables Lightyear and The Sharing Group to offer independence to MyWheels users.

According to the manufacturer, thanks to the technology it develops, motorists will be able to drive up to 20,000 kilometers a year, depending on the climate, thanks to solar energy.

The company was founded in 2016 and today employs over 450 people. The team consists of young talents and experienced names from the car and technology industry.

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