This solar electric car can be displayed at a bargain price

After Lightyear 0, the Dutch company will present a new product, less expensive, but with equally interesting technologies.

Lightyear 0 will soon have a little sister

If you’ve been following the automotive news closely, you’re probably familiar with the Dutch company Lightyear, and in particular their large solar electric sedan, the Lightyear 0, which we went to test out a few months ago. This model will go into production this year (946 units are planned), and the company does not intend to stop there, as a second model is in the pipeline.

Her name ? Simply the Lightyear 2. This model should be based on the same philosophy as its older brother, but at more affordable prices. we evoke price around $30,000 per marketing that would happen in 2025.

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The arrival of this ambitious car is also the result of massive new investment within the company. In fact, Invest-NL, an organization that finances more sustainable Dutch companies and projects, has just launched 81 million euros to power the Lightyear adventure. In total and adding up all the investments received, Lightyear can count on an envelope of 210 million euros to carry out its projects.

According to the brand, the 81 million euros will finance three objectives:

  • Allow Lightyear to produce the 0 copies planned for the end of the year;
  • Support the development of Lightyear 2, which the company says will benefit from much of Lightyear 0’s R&D;
  • The promotion of its models, on the one hand, across the Netherlands, while focusing its communication around the clean car and the solar car. Subsequently, Lightyear also hopes to expand beyond the Netherlands and conquer Europe.

Where is Lightyear from?

Lightyear was born from a school project and the company is already ten years old. It has experienced phenomenal growth, notably by demonstrating that it was possible to drive thanks to solar energy. The idea obviously appealed and many investors saw fit to put money into this ambitious start-up.

Even better, Lightyear is starting to partner with other manufacturers, not just anyone, as the brand recently announced a new collaboration with Koenigsegg. The Swedish company, which produces supercars, has positioned itself as an investor and the two companies will share some of their technologies. Koenigsegg will in particular contribute to improving the energy efficiency of the upcoming Lightyear 2.

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There’s a good chance we’ll find a little (much?) of the 0 in the 2. However, the Dutch company claims it will be 10 times cheaper than the sedan. In fact, with $30,000 announced, we are far from the 300,000 euros claimed to pay for a Lightyear 0.

As a reminder, the Lightyear 0 is provided for a WLTP range of 625 km with its “small” 60 kWh battery. But this result seems excellent as a Tesla Model 3, equipped with the same battery, claims 500 km of autonomy.

The Lightyear 2, a discounted 0?

What makes the difference is the presence of solar panels that must add 70 km of autonomy per day. As we pointed out in our hands-on, the Lightyear 0 is little more than an electric car to which solar panels have been added. There is a real aerodynamic work around the vehicle and also work in terms of weight reduction. Lightyear advertises just 1.5 tonnes on the scale for its large sedan, which is roughly the same weight as a Renault Zoé.

This justifies the substantial range of this model, since, as we have seen, at 110 km/h, Lightyear announces a range of 560 km for a consumption of 10.5 kWh. While at 130 km/h (and by 10°C) the prototype would have managed to cover 400 km on a single charge. Not bad for a car whose battery isn’t big.

In any case, if the Lightyear 2 manages to democratize these technologies while maintaining their prices, there’s a good chance it will interest many customers who are sensitive to the idea of ​​driving every day solely thanks to solar power. off, it doesn’t cost a penny.

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