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Lightyear One

Lightyear's mission is to make clean mobility available to everyone, everywhere. Lightyear develops electric cars with energy-efficient design and integrated solar cells. Drivers could go up to 20,000 kilometers a year on the sun, depending on the climate.

Lightyear One has been engineered coming from a radically different perspective. Hoefsloot: “We all have a performance background and with that we focus relentlessly on to optimize efficiency and safety”. Lightyear started from scratch, following not convention but only the laws of physics, to purposefully design a car that “gets the most out of every ray of sunshine”.

Lightyear One

“We are solving these issues with what we call ultra-efficiency. On one hand, that will lead to an exceptional range of 725 km (WLTP) on a relatively small battery. On the other hand, it can charge directly from the sun because its energy consumption is much lower, generating up to 20,000 km worth of energy per year. Moreover, all of the charging options out there become easier to use because you get a lot more range for the same amount of energy charged. So effectively, you charge a lot faster from any power outlet. You can charge up to 400 km per night from ordinary 230V sockets. That’s great for road trips because you don’t need charging infrastructure.”

  • The car is constructed from high-tech materials to have the lowest weight possible while maintaining stringent passenger safety
  • Lightyear One is propelled by four independently driven wheels, so no energy is lost in transit from the engine to the wheel 
  • The roof and hood are comprised of five square meters of integrated solar cells in safety glass so strong that a fully-grown adult can walk on them without causing dents
  • In addition to solar power, Lightyear One can be charged at a (fast)charging station or even a regular outlet

With Lightyear One, we want to show that our technology enabled us to build one of the most sustainable cars on the market that also offers great convenience.

Lex Hoefsloot, CEO and co-founder of Lightyear.