Lightyear unveils first solar car prototype

Collin Arocho
Leestijd: 5 minuten

Late 2016, after having been twice crowned champions of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a group of Solar Team Eindhoven alumni decided to establish their own company. They wanted to build a long-range solar-powered car that could be sold on the market. Two years later, the team from Lightyear made good on their promise as they unveiled their prototype – the Lightyear One.

Just at the break of dawn, in the TheaterHangaar in Katwijk, the Netherlands, Lightyear was ready to pull back the curtain on the prototype of its first-ever long-range solar vehicle. With a lot of fanfare, in front of an audience of about a thousand investors, customers, partners and press, the Helmond-based start-up officially unveiled the Lightyear One.

Despite this being the first look, Lightyear has already taken pre-orders for more than 100 cars, with the first expected deliveries to take place in 2021. To purposefully design a car that ‘gets the most out of every ray of sunshine’, the prototype was engineered starting from a very nontraditional perspective of ignoring convention and instead being guided by the laws of physics. “Our main goal is to fill in where other electric cars fall short,” comments Lightyear CEO and co-founder Lex Hoefsloot. “Research has shown that range and the lack of charging options are still the top concerns that people have when considering electric cars.”

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