ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

The $260k solar-powered car that can go months without charging

by | Last updated on Jul 1, 2022 at 5:05PM | Published on Jun 14, 2022 | EV

The solar-powered Lightyear 0 EV

Dutch EV startup Lightyear has revealed its first solar panel car which could last months without charging.

It’s a big move in an EV market dominated by Lithium-ion powered cars that need to be plugged into a power source to be charged.

In the summer, the Lightear 0 could go for multiple months without plugging it in to charge if just using the car as a daily commuter.

Lightyear CEO Lex Hoefsloot at the launch of the Lightyear 0
The solar-powered Lightyear 0 EV
The solar-powered Lightyear 0 EV
The solar-powered Lightyear 0 EV
The solar-powered Lightyear 0 EV
The solar-powered Lightyear 0 EV
Lightyear CEO Lex Hoefsloot at the launch of the Lightyear 0
previous arrow
next arrow
 
Lightyear CEO Lex Hoefsloot at the launch of the Lightyear 0
previous arrow
next arrow

READ MORE! 5 coolest features of the 2022 Kia EV6

The Lightyear 0 will cost $260,000 and there will be 946 cars made.

What immediately strikes you is the black hood. That’s not carbon fiber – it’s solar panels.

The Lightyear 0 is fitted with 5m2 of solar panels on its hood and roof.

The aim of the car was to improve range by reducing weight.

Ironically, part of that means fitting fewer batteries – it only has a 60kWh battery – but that’s where the solar panels come in.

Giving it up to 70km (43mi) of extra charge per day, it increases the Lightyear 0’s range from 625km on a single plug-in charge to over 1000km (621mi).

So you could drive from the French capital of Paris to Madrid in Spain without topping up the batteries.

The company estimates that depending on the climate, you’ll get between 6000-11,000km (3728-6835mi) of additional range for free each year just from the solar panels.

CHECK THIS OUT!

Also improving its range is the fact it has what the company claims is ‘record-breaking’ aerodynamics of just 0.19Cd (Cd means drag co-efficient).

For reference, a 2021 Tesla Model S has a Cd 0.208 and a Hummer has a Cd of 0.64.

The Lightyear 0 lives up to its name in weight too.

It’s incredibly light for an EV at 1575kg, with its bodywork made from recycled carbon fiber.

The interior also has vegan leather and fabrics made from recycled PET bottles.

First customer deliveries of the Lightyear 0 are slated for later in 2022.

Lightyear 0 specifications

  • Electric motors: 4 independently controlled in-wheel motors
  • Transmission: Single-speed, all-wheel drive
  • Power: Up to 130kW (170hp)
  • Torque: Up to 1720Nm (1269lb-ft)
  • 0-100km/h (0-62mph): 10 seconds
  • Top speed: 160km/h (99mph)

WATCH:

FOLLOW US ON
FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS

Check this out

In the car with Lewis Hamilton ahead of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

In the car with Lewis Hamilton ahead of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton would rather have fingers as long as his legs as opposed to legs as long as his fingers.  You heard it here first, guys. If you’re wondering what on earth is going on, here’s what went down. Watch the full video here!...

This Corvette C8 widebody kit costs the same as a family car

This Corvette C8 widebody kit costs the same as a family car

This is a widebody kit designed by Liberty Walk specifically for the Chevy Corvette C8 Stingray. It's crazy cool, but it costs the same as your average family car. Image: Liberty Walk READ MORE: The Drako Dragon is 2,000-hp super SUV that’s faster than most supercars...

ADVERTISEMENT

Most Popular This Week

PAID CONTENT

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!