Editor’s opinion: Electric vehicle startup Lightyear has unveiled what it calls the world’s first mass-produced solar-powered car. The Lightyear 0 is aimed at the very niche buyer who values efficiency over performance and doesn’t mind paying a hefty sum of money for it. Will he sell? We’ll see.
Lightyear 0 is a product of six years of planning. We first heard about Lightyear in 2019 when it announced Light Year One, a $169,000 electric car with built-in solar panels. This project is now known as Lightyear 0 and has changed quite a bit since then (as well as getting a lot more expensive).
According to the company, Lightyear 0 will have design range 388 miles thanks to a 60 kWh battery pack and four independently controlled wheel motors. Remarkably, at best, the car can generate about 43 miles per day from its solar panels.
Don’t expect typical EV performance here either. The Lightyear 0 takes a whopping 10 seconds to reach 60 mph from a stop, and tops out at just 100 mph. For comparison, Tesla Model S Plaid can reach 60 mph in less than two seconds and has a top speed of 200 mph. It’s also significantly more affordable.
Again, the main thing here is not brilliant performance, but efficiency.
The Lightyear 0 weighs just 3,472 pounds and has a record drag coefficient (Cd) of less than 0.19. Its body is partly made from recycled carbon fiber, while most of the interior is made from natural materials.
Interested parties can order the Lightyear 0 from the company’s website, but be prepared to shell out a staggering €250,000 ($263,000) for the opportunity. We are told that the first cars will reach their owners in November.
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