It turns out that what we all thought was a production car was nothing more than a prototype very close to reality. Lightyear launches this time the world’s first production solar car. You no longer have to call it One, its new official name is Lightyear 0. A simple number that is associated with one of the most advanced cars in the world. Its production will soon be underway, with the first delivery arriving in November. A new era begins.
In the past we have been getting to know the Lightyear One at every step of its history. From a simple idea to a production model. During these years the One has shown that the combination of technologies is not only possible, but also effective.. The incorporation of solar panels allows the 0 to travel long distances without having to stop to recharge, although the cost of all this technology has a price, a very high one.
A six-year process has brought us to today. Research, development, design, engineering and testing. Each stage has been an important step, although not an easy one. Lex Hoefsloot, Co-Founder and CEO of Lightyear said: “In 2016 we only had an idea, three years later we had a prototype. Now, after six years of testing, iteration, (re)designs and countless obstacles, the Lightyear 0 is proof that the impossible really is possible.”
The applied technology is truly revolutionary. Although there are already, and there have been cars in the past, with built-in solar panels, Lightyear’s system reaches a new level. Thanks to its five square meters of high-efficiency solar panels, in optimal conditions the Lightyear can achieve up to 70 kilometers a day with only the energy obtained from the sun. To this must be added an estimated range in the WLTP cycle of up to 625 kilometers with a battery of just 60 kWh capacity.
The Dutch company itself has recognized that in conventional use it can take months to have to recharge the Lightyear 0 batteries. In countries like Spain or Portugal it can take up to seven months without plugging in, driving an average of 35 kilometers a day. But this electric saloon lives not only on solar efficiency. With a drag coefficient of 0.19, its consumption on the highway at 100 km/h is only 10.5 kWh per 100 kilometers traveled.. At that rate it is capable of rolling for 560 kilometers before the battery runs out. 400 kilometers in the case of increasing the speed to 130 km/h.
Now, everything has a price, and the cost of the technology of the Lightyear 0 does not come cheap. The first units have gone on sale for a price of 149,000 euros. With production limited to 150 units, these Edition Pioneer versions will feature exceptional and personalized details. But the thing does not end there. The company has prepared a more exclusive model called Limited Edition that will have a value of 250,000 euros. At the moment nothing has transpired about how this version will be.