Like fairies and pegasus, the idea of a solar-powered car is dreamy and utopian. Who wouldn’t love a solar-powered car! Who wouldn’t love to skip the lines and pay at the gas station? This is incredible!The vehicle can travel upto 350 miles on a single charge. It has solar panels covering five meters of the roof that can restore as much as 12km per hour. This is incredible!There are four electric motors inside the car. This is incredible! The car… sounds too good to be true, right?
First generation Lightyear Zero (go to figure: website called Light yearAccording to the company, production started in December 2022 for the European market. “production line”It looks more like a garage floor than a factory floor. (The company claims that the factory that produces the A Class Mercedes will eventually be in production.
Now in CES 2023the company just unveiled its next-generation Lightyear 2 — and no, we’re not sure what happened to Version 1 either.
“Everything we learned — and this is a lot — from Lightyear 0, we apply to Lightyear 2,” Alexander Hofsloot, CEO and Co-Founder of Lightyear, told me. It’s early days and it takes time to build a new car powered by the sun. “This will take two-and-a-half years to get into production… You already know the cars. He said that it takes a long time.
Disclaimer: I was allowed to see the new model with other members of press. However, I was unable to take photos or videos. You still got a great look. It’s beautiful!
The Lightyear 2 harnesses sunlight with solar panels on its trunk, roof, and hood. They are hybrid vehicles which do not rely on sunlight for energy. The goal is to reduce dependence on the strained electricity grids. According to the company, they have also turned the script by bringing clean energy back into the grid.
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You might also like unicorns and rainbows. Unfortunately, the company’s one pager is just as light on details than sunlight. Techradar joined Techradar for an exclusive reveal at CES Las Vegas to confirm the vehicle’s viability and answer key questions.
Hofsloot said to me, “In a true solar vehicle our definition is that at minimum half of the energy you require in a year should be from the sun.” “Even in the Netherlands. It’s also the cloudiest country in all of the world, so that we think that’s an excellent definition. It’s a clever way to account for seasonality. While you’ll get less sunlight during winter than during summer, that doesn’t mean that a solar-powered vehicle will stop running for half an year. Winter is more expensive per mile.
The Model 2’s interior is quite minimalistic. There is an LCD panel on the Model 3 (Hoefsloot said he drives one). There is no other toolkit or anything else you can use, just the wheel. An open storage compartment replaces the speedometer. The windshield has a small display that displays speed, range, or any other information.
“Price target under $40,000? That’s possible with a completely new concept. It’s a challenge. Hofsloot stated that everything inside is focused on how to reach those cost levels. The doors are made out of recycled plastic. The textiles above the front die add personality and splash, but the final result is somewhat stripped.
Our first customer sees his car on Dutch soil for the first time. pic.twitter.com/K14QwsSw3wDecember 20, 2022
The company stated that it was closing in July 2021. Partnership with the Finnish company ValnetPrototypes of the Lightyear Zero were built. It has a six-figure price tag. The company finally closed its doors last summer. The barn doors openedA $250,000 solar electric car that can run for up to seven years without needing to be plugged in to a conventional charger is here to show the world the results of half a century of hard work.
Lightyear is not the only company that is “on the brink” of developing scalable solar-powered vehicles. Mercedes, Hyundai and Tesla are among the companies that are working on solar-powered models, or hybrid versions.
The major problems with rolling out these vehicles are the difficulty of manufacturing safe and reliable modules for vehicle integration and the reduced power generation due the bad weather. (Think about the number of buildings, tunnels, and bridges that block roof panels.
But what about solar-powered cars? Who wouldn’t want that? We’re holding our breath for unicorns.
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