Lightyear One – a solar liftback with a decent power reserve (9 photos + video)

The Dutch startup Lightyear with some delay demonstrated a working prototype of the Lightyear One electric car. The novelty was lined with solar panels. Thanks to this, its range in accordance with the WLTP standard is incredible – 725 kilometers. Each wheel drive leads to a separate motor. True, the power, as well as the capacity of the battery located in the bottom, is unknown. They only specified that the car accelerates to hundreds in 10 seconds. They also promised up to 20 thousand \ The serial version will be released in two years at a price of 119,000 euros, or about 8.5 million rubles at the current rate. The width of the novelty is 1898, the length is 5057, and the height is 1426 millimeters. The trunk is roomy, at 780 liters. The aerodynamic coefficient is also not yet voiced, but promises to be decent. Lightyear was founded three years ago by former students of Eindhoven University of Technology. They worked then at the Solar Team Eindhoven. This team has tripled the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a solar prototype competition. The guys collected incredibly quickly investments, prepayments and grants in the amount of 20 million euros. The project was partially funded by the European Union as part of the Horizon 2020 innovation program. Today, Lightyear employs more than 100 people, including former Ferrari and Tesla engineers. Director of the company Lex Höfsloot noted that the car was built from scratch, focusing only on the laws of nature. And in the end, they got an incredibly efficient design with solar panels on the roof and hood, covering 5 square meters of the electric car surface. You can charge the battery from a 3.7 kW household outlet (35 kilometers per hour of charge), 22 kW AC charging (209 kilometers per hour of charge) or 60 kW DC express terminal (570 kilometers per 1 hour). With built-in solar panels in an hour, Lightyear One additionally generates enough energy to cover 12 km of track. Customers have already reserved 100 cars from the first batch of 500 units. The director assures that the high price is due to the high cost of new technologies. Upcoming models should cost less.

Sam Richards

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