The EV that charges itself
Dutch start-up, Lightyear have developed a solar-powered car that is able to be driven for months without charging. The electric four-wheel drive car can handle rough terrain and has a battery range of 800 kilometres, charged by the sun. “You can think of the Lightyear One as being a completely redesigned electric car combining the best of solar cars and electric cars.”, says Lex Hoefsloot, CEO of Lightyear. “It’s a revolutionary step forward in electric mobility. At night or on a cloudy day the Lightyear One can drive up to 800 kilometres on a fully charged battery, depending on your battery configuration.” The solar cells on the roof of the Lightyear One will generate enough power to recharge the battery during the day. The Dutch startup claims that in sunny climates the car would even be able to drive for months without charging. Since the car doesn’t depend on charging points, it is well suited for areas with a lack of charging stations. “The Lightyear One is a statement to show that electric cars are ready for every corner of the planet”, Hoefsloot clarifies. “It is the first step in our mission to make electric cars available for everyone”. There will be a limited number of models produced. The final design and details will be released early this year. Pricing will begin at around 119,000 Euros, with 15 cars already reserved and paid for. First deliveries are expected in 2019 throughout the EU.