Dutch company Lightyear to launch the world’s first solar car by the end of 2022

A Dutch company will begin shipping the world’s first yield solar car to clients later this year. The company is offering months of charge-free driving throughout the summer. Lightyear, launched in 2016, is producing 949 cars with curving solar panels on the front and roof. The sun’s energy can provide up to 70 kilometres (43 miles) of driving range per day.

The first shipment to Europe might arrive as soon as November. Lex Hoefsloot, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder was present for the unveiling of the Lightyear 0 model. He said, “Electric cars are a step in the right direction; but they are dependent on the grid, which is still dependent on mostly fossil fuel energy. Adding a new source, the sun, adds certainty that you will always have that charge and you will have to charge a lot less often.”

Lightyear aims to make more economical solar cars by early 2025

Lightyear aims to make more economical solar cars by early 2025

The vehicle’s inside is vegan and environmentally friendly. It has plant-based leather, recycled PET bottle materials, and wooden design components created from sustainably reformed rattan palm. The car’s optimized solar rooftop and overall design allow it to drive for weeks, if not months, without needing to be recharged. In gloomy areas, the automobile can run for up to two months without having to be charged, depending on an average commute of roughly 35 kilometres per day. This could last up to seven months in sunnier countries.

Since solar panels need a big area, cars driven by the sun have failed to progress past the prototype stage. On a single charge of the 60-kilowatt-hour battery, Lightyear has driven the automobile over 700 kilometres. After the Lightyear 0’s limited manufacturing run, the company hopes to release a more economical model with a starting price of 30,000 euros. Moreover, the production will begin in late 2024 or early 2025.

Lightyear 0’s car prototype was originally revealed in 2019. On June 9, the company had an online premiere to reveal the final design as well as the car’s unique specifications and expanded capabilities.

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