- Set up in 2016, solar EV startup Lightyear’s first solar-based EV is only available across Europe
- The company is also developing a more affordable EV in the near future, named the Lightyear 2
- Lightyear even has a Tesla-like configuration page for interested buyers of the EV
Headquartered in The Netherlands, Lightyear has recently made the news for its solar-powered electric vehicle, the Lightyear 0. Last week, the company announced that the EV was going into production in Finland under Valmet Automotive’s supervision.
Lightyear has already offered early glimpses of this electric sedan in the past, but customers in some regions can now officially book the vehicle. The highlight of the Lightyear 0 is the addition of solar panels in the roof and the bonnet to recharge the vehicle on the go. It’s worth pointing out, however, that the company will only produce 946 units of the Lightyear 0 while it’s developing another EV named the Lightyear 2.
Lightyear 0 features and specifications
Manoeuvrability is among the best in the business with the Lightyear 0, thanks to its lightweight body. This also translates to an impressive drag coefficient (Cd) under 0.175. The aforementioned solar panels can recharge the battery, assuming there’s adequate sunlight, and reportedly offer an additional range of up to 43 miles/day, which translates to 69 kilometres. This is on top of the 625 km WLTP-certified range provided by the 60 kWh battery pack.
On the performance side, the Lightyear 0 runs on four in-wheel motors operating independently, with a 160 kmph top speed and 0-100 kmph acceleration of roughly 10 seconds. Lightyear says the solar panels used on the body also help in maintaining the temperature of the EV’s core components.
Lightyear 0 price and availability
For now, the Lightyear 0 is only available across the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and the United Kingdom. The manufacturer offers a Tesla-like configuration page where customers can choose from up to 10 colours and opt for the Aero cover, which the company says can “add an average of 12 km free range per battery charge.”
Interested buyers can get the Lightyear 0 starting from €250,000 (~ Rs 2.17 crores) wherever available. While this doesn’t make it the cheapest EV in the world, it’s certainly the most feature-packed. The manufacturer hopes to make an impact with the Lightyear 0 ahead of the Lightyear 2, which is likely to be significantly cheaper than the 0.
Via: USA Today