Lightyear 0 is the world’s first production-ready solar-powered EV
Lightyear also touts its solar-powered EV as the world’s most energy-efficient electric vehicle.
EV car brand Lightyear has unveiled its first solar-powered electric vehicle called ‘Lightyear 0’. It is said to be the world’s first production-ready solar-powered electric vehicle.
The Lightyear 0 comes with a very futuristic design with a fastback-style body. It also comes with sleek LED headlamps at the front, an LED light bar at the rear, aero alloys at the front and aero covers for the wheels. All these aero elements on the 4-seater solar-powered EV give it a drag coefficient of 0.19. The electric vehicle features a solar bonnet and roof with “five square metres of double-curved solar arrays”.
Inside, the Lightyear 0 comes with a cabin which mostly uses recycled and/or sustainable materials. This includes plant-based leather upholstery, textiles created from plastic bottles, wood trims and many other elements. The minimalistic cabin on the EV also comes with its share of tech, including a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display at the centre with over-the-air software updates, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, phone-as-key and all the other bells and whistles.
With the 5 square metres of solar arrays, the EV claims to have a solar output of up to 11,000 km per year. The company also claims that someone with an average daily commute of 35 km can theoretically go up to seven months without charging in certain sunny countries. The Lightyear 0 comes with a 60 kWh battery pack, which itself offers a max range of 625 km on a full charge. The battery is paired with four electric motors (one on each wheel), which produce a combined output of 172 BHP.
Lightyear also touts its solar-powered EV as the world’s most energy-efficient electric vehicle, consuming just 10.5 kWh per 100 km at highway speeds.
The Lightyear 0 is priced at US$ 263,243, with production scheduled to start in fall-2022. The company will produce just 946 units each year. Deliveries of the Lightyear 0 are expected to begin in November this year.
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