An electric car with solar panels was presented in the Netherlands
Dutch startup Lightyear has completed work on its first One model. The innovative solar electric car is ready for mass production and will be sold at a price of 250,000 euros.
The Lightyear One has been in the works for six years, and its first prototype was shown to the public back in 2019. Initially, a batch of 964 cars will be released: cars will be delivered to customers from November.
The new Lightyear One is a streamlined five-door liftback with an elongated silhouette. Its aerodynamics are well developed – the drag coefficient is only 0.19.
Body panels and interior trim are made from recycled plastic. Four displays are installed on the front panel at once – a virtual instrument panel, a 10.1-inch touch screen and a pair of camera monitors that replace the rear-view mirrors. Trunk volume is 640 liters, and between the front seats there is a 12-liter compartment for small luggage.
For everyday use in the city, an electric car may not be charged – solar panels are enough. The 60 kWh battery is designed for long-distance travel – its charge is enough for 625 km.