The Lightyear One solar car goes into production

The technology used by Lightyear, which is developing the world’s first high-end solar car, has just been validated says the Dutch technology company in a statement. From now on, the company will focus on preparing the car for its future drivers with important steps to take before it is put into service: registration approval, collision tests and, above all, authorization to drive on the road. open.

Meanwhile, the company has taken an essential step in its development as the first 150 units of the 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” now offered to book at the prohibitive price of € 250,000, according to the Car Monitor. A price described as “realistic” by the company, given the costs of development or production of this vehicle equipped with a 60 kWh battery, solar panels for an advertised range of 700 km to 85 km / h (400 km to 130 km / h). The manufacturer plans to launch version 2 of its model, in 2025, at the most affordable price of € 30,000. Or practically the price of a Renault Zoé.

Production of the first vehicles is expected to begin later this year in Valmet, Finland. The 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 a Tesla Model 3. Although this power is not extraordinary, it can travel 710 km. This new car can be recharged in a conventional outlet, in a fast terminal of up to 60 kW, and of course through the solar panels with which it is equipped in its most exposed parts. According to the manufacturer, the Lightyear recovers 12 km of autonomy per hour. Parked in the sun, half a day, you can find 100 km.

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

If safety and reliability are essential for the Dutch manufacturer, this car must offer the driver a unique driving experience. For example, mirrors have been replaced by a reversing camera, a parking camera, and two side cameras. The high quality interior is made of recycled and sustainable materials of plant origin. On the outside, the body’s solar panels are made of recycled carbon. Finally, thanks to the car screen and the accompanying interface, the driver can not only track the state of charge, as well as the number of kilometers of autonomy provided by solar energy.

Since the inception of Lightyear, we have been committed to developing optimal technology for our vehicles. », says Lex HOEFSLOOT, CEO of Lightyear. ” This crucial milestone that has just been reached gives way to a new chapter, production, which will begin in late summer, in order to quickly see Lightyear models on the roads. “.

And to continue:with the first models in service, we can continue to perfect this technology to bring to market the Lightyear Two, intended for the general public. The launch of this series will be the real catalyst for achieving our mission of clean mobility for all. “.

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

According to the manufacturer, thanks to the technology it is developing, motorcyclists will be able to travel up to 20,000 kilometers a year, depending on the climate, thanks to solar energy.

The company was founded in 2016 and currently employs more than 450 people. The team is made up of young talent and experienced names from the automotive and technology industries.

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