Lightyear: The Suncar wants to make its opponents lie

Lightyear claims to revolutionize the electric car market. However, he still has everything to prove. Starting with its ability to deliver the first of the 950 scheduled copies of its (partially) solar-powered car, called the Lightyear One. Moreover, the sedan with a long aerodynamic tail (5.06 meters long), which was exhibited in May in Paris, was still only one of the sixteen prototypes collected by hand. Its shape differs subtly from the final model, which will be unveiled on June 9th. Official sale price: not less than 250,000 euros, or one hundred thousand euros more than the “preferential price” given to the first one hundred and fifty visionary customers, “who were the first to believe in the solar car”. A straw. Blame it on inflation and scarcity that delayed the launch for almost two years.

The Lightyear solar car is not self-sufficient in energy: it must be connected to a terminal

This strictly unaffordable price puts “the first long-distance solar car” out of reach of Mr. Everyman. Still, Lex Hoefsloot denies that he “targets the elite of the luxury car”. Confident CEO and co-founder of Lightyear confirms the goal: “the launch in 2024 of our second model Lighyear Two, sold about 30,000 euros”. What “offers our customers the equivalent of 600 kilometers of electric range for less than what Tesla or BMW charges.” A promise that leaves some skeptical observers.

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It prevents. A few large banks (Lightyear prefers to keep quiet) have joined the crowd of small early angel investors who have already raised 150 million euros since 2016. The industrial project gained further credibility in April last year when the leaders of the Dutch car-sharing operator MyWheels decided to place an order for five thousand units of Lightyear Two. These sedans – which no one has yet been able to see – will arrive in 2025 to complete the fleet of MyWheels self-service vehicles. With the hope that solar cell charging will significantly reduce the operator’s energy costs and operating costs, while “making life easier for the user”.

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