Lightyear 0 is the first electric car powered by solar energy … and breaks a record for autonomy

News hardware Lightyear 0 is the first electric car powered by solar energy … and breaks a record for autonomy

Three years after the announcement of the Lightyear One prototype, the Dutch company behind the ambitious solar cell electric car project is back with a finished model ready to go into “mass” production, Lightyear 0. According to the manufacturer’s data, in some countries such as Portugal, the car will be able to drive up to 11,000 km for free per year. A major technological advance.

Lightyear 0, the first solar car to arrive in 2022

Three years ago, the company Lightyear based in Halmond in the Netherlands caused a sensation with its Lightyear One, a prototype electric car equipped with solar panels on more than 5 m² surface. The vow ? Offer about 10% free savings through solar cell charging. Smart!

Considered a prototype at the time, 150 copies had been put up for sale of this Lightyear One “Pioneer Eidtion” at the very low price of … € 150,000 anyway. And while the first deliveries are still expected at the end of the year, Lightyear has just announced and unveiled the final version of its very first solar car, Lightyear One “Limited Edition”, since renamed Lightyear 0 (must follow …).

This is markedly exclusive compared to the first prototype, but also in price, as it is now offered for … € 255,000, yes yes, you read that right. Less than 1000 copies will be produced, 946 to be exact, and the first deliveries, for the first 150 buyers, are expected by the end of 2022. The rest should follow in 2023.

This crucial step, which has just been completed, makes room for a new chapter, production, which begins in late summer, to quickly see Lightyear models on the road. Lex Hoefsloot, CEO for Lightyear

Lightyear 0 is the first electric car powered by solar energy ... and breaks a record for autonomy

Up to 11,000 km of open air each year in southern Portugal

So what do we get for € 255,000? We already rely on a brand that is unknown to the general public, which can be a little scary, but above all, we are betting on the future and on a new technology that can revolutionize the world of the automotive industry. At a time when Europe wants to ban thermal cars by 2035, we will have to find alternatives, and solar energy is obviously a very interesting area of ​​development, especially in the southern countries.

Lightyear 0 is the first electric car powered by solar energy ... and breaks a record for autonomy

Basic, Lightyear 0 will carry a 60 kWh battery and will offer a range of 625 km, which is already extremely comfortable. There is even a range of 560 km at an average speed of 110 km / h. Great performance! This low consumption is made possible by the presence of 4 engines, one in each wheel, and recycled carbon fiber panels, which lightens the car and gives it a weight of only 1575 kg.

But what interests us more specifically, of course, is the contribution of solar charging. With more than 5 m² of solar panels on especially the roof and bonnet, Lightyear would be able to add up to 70 km of autonomy per day..

Lightyear 0 is the first electric car powered by solar energy ... and breaks a record for autonomy

These same panels would also provide up to 11,000 km of free track per year, would allow you to drive up to 7,400 km between two cargoes in southern Portugal (the sunniest region in Europe) or even 2,100 km in the Netherlands … in the summer! Not the best ad in the world to go on holiday with our Dutch friends, all that … A little precision, to achieve such results, the brand specifies that you should not drive more than 35 km a day.

Lightyear 0 is the first electric car powered by solar energy ... and breaks a record for autonomy

If you are interested, Lightyear 0 is already available in
pre-order
on the brand’s website. Then it’s time to talk about Lightyear Two, which is scheduled for 2024 and which should democratize the technology, as the launch price has been announced around € 30,000. Much more affordable!

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