25 May 2020
What do you do after you win the World Solar Challenge as students with a self-built solar pow-ered family car? You start your own car company of course! That is what the team of Lightyear must have thought when they began their start-up.
CEO Lex Hoefsloot says the Lightyear One is more than a car with solar panels on the roof: “The car becomes an independent entity because the energy source is integrated into the car itself. To make the concept technically feasible, the car needs to be incredibly efficient. This requires redesigning the chassis, powertrain, and aerodynamics. That is why we have developed an entirely native solar electric platform in recent years. This platform enables us to achieve energy efficiency that is up to 3x higher than the current EVs on the market.”
"This platform enables us to achieve energy efficiency that is up to 3x higher than the current EVs on the market.”
In a brand-new factory hall on the Automotive Campus in Helmond, the production of the first Lightyear One will take place. The first production models should be delivered to customers by the end of 2020. The exact specifications of the car are not yet fully known.