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A 100% solar-powered passenger car? You better believe it...

23/05/2018
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Think of a solar powered car and you’ll probably conjure up images of bizarre, unusually shaped experimental vehicles used for long-distance challenges and the like. But now a Dutch start-up, Lightyear, is aiming to produce a very practical, day-to-day car that can transport up to 5 people- powered by nothing more than the sun.
Lightyear have completed a series A investment round, bringing the Lightyear One a step-closer to production.
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With the successful completion of a series A investment round and the formation of a partnership with automotive engineering company EDAG, Lightyear are step closer to bringing the Lightyear One to production.

According to initial plans, Lightyear intends their Lightyear One vehicle to be an exclusive, 5-seater, long-range solar-electric car. In addition to possessing 4-wheel drive, the car’s integrated solar cells will allow the vehicle to be driven for weeks or even months without charging (depending on your location).
Lightyear’s long-term ambition is to develop mass-market solar electric cars and offer a sustainable solution for growing worldwide mobility needs. Solar electric cars circumvent the difficulty of developing a charging infrastructure by using just the sun and ordinary power sockets as an energy source. A Lightyear One’s charging capacity from an ordinary power socket is equivalent to an EV charging station.
The Lightyear One's integrated solar panels will enable the car to be driven for weeks or even months without charging.
(Image via Lightyear).

Commenting on the vehicle, Lex Hoefsloot, CEO of Lightyear, said:

“A solar-electric car is one integral system, not just an electric car with solar cells on the roof. The car becomes an independent entity since the energy source is integrated into the car itself. In order to make the concept technically feasible the car needs to be incredibly efficient. This requires a redesign of the chassis, powertrain and aerodynamics. Therefore, over the last few years we have developed a completely native solar-electric platform. With this platform we reach an energy efficiency up to 3x higher than current EV’s in the market. This efficiency, combined our PV solar technology makes a solar-electric car a viable solution for millions of users worldwide.”

With the series A funding round completed, Lightyear have been able to proceed with the development of new production facilities which will be located at the Automotive Campus in Helmond, Netherlands.
If all goes to plan the Lightyear One will be able to drive between 400km and 800km on a full charge.
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If all goes to plan Lightyear claim that the Lightyear One will be able to drive between 400km and 800km (250-500miles) on a full charge, and can even be driven at night thanks to advanced on-board battery storage technology.

With over 40 engineers currently working on the Lightyear One, first deliveries of the vehicle have been announced for 2020.

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