World’s first long-range solar car launched


Clean mobility firm Lightyear has unveiled the world’s first long-range solar car.

The solar car was launched in Katwijik in the Netherlands.

Lex Hoefsloot, CEO at Lightyear, said: “This moment represents a new era of driving.

“Climate change is such a frightening development that it’s almost paralysing.

“We decided to do the opposite; as engineers, we believed we could do something. Lightyear One represents an opportunity to change mobility for the better.”

“Since new technology has a high unit cost, we have to start in an exclusive market. The next models we plan to develop will have a significantly lower purchase price. In addition, future models will be provided to autonomous and shared car fleets, so the purchase price can be divided amongst a large group of users. Combined with the low operating costs of the vehicle, we aim to provide premium mobility for a low price per kilometer.”

Following its launch in 2016, Lightyear has made use of funding from Horizon 2020 and CES Climate Change Innovator, Postcode Lottery Green Challenge programmes to optimise efficiency and safety of its solar car.

The company raised over 20 million euros to develop the solar car and related technologies.