Lightyear One Designed for performance

Lightyear One
Designed for performance



The start-up Lightyear from the Netherlands wants to deliver its long-distance solar car One next year. More affordable electric cars will also be offered later, it was said at the beginning of 2020. The company also plans to make the developed solar technology available to competitors with a partner.


Lightyear One was crafted to do more than just appeal to the eye. We took nothing for granted and reevaluated every component of the car. As a result, its Italian design doesn’t just look pretty. Every detail is engineered to improve efficiency and safety.


We didn’t just rethink design, but what performance means. We built Lightyear One from the ground up to perform well over distance. Lightyear was sparked by long treks through the Outback and uninhabited tundra on solar power. Performance, for us, means that freedom of the open road.


With its continuously working solar technology, the Lightyear One should be able to generate solar energy for up to 60 additional kilometers per day. For this purpose, a five square meter area for solar cells was defined before the design process. According to the developers, this requirement initially caused restrictions, but then benefited aerodynamics. In electric cars optimized for efficiency, such as the One, a solar roof can provide energy for an average of 70 to 90 percent of the annual mileage, DSM advertises.

Via: ecomento and lightyear
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