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Lightyear launches solar car prototype with 725-km range

Lightyear One prototype. Image by Lightyear (www.lightyear.one)

June 27 (Renewables Now) - Dutch carmaker Lightyear presented on Tuesday the prototype of its long-range solar electric vehicle (EV) dubbed Lightyear One.

Lightyear One has 5 square metres (53.82 sq ft) of solar panels covering its roof and hood. The solar cells are capable of charging the car in the 12-kilometre (7.5 miles) range within one hour. For as long as there is daylight, the solar cells can extend the drive, according to the company’s website. This allows drivers to continue on their trip without roadside assistance when the battery runs out. Lightyear says its solar cells are 20% more efficient compared to the traditional model. The solar cells function independently and can power the car even when it is parked in part shade.

The solar roof is paired with a charging port to get a maximum of 570 km/h at a fast charging station. The car has a range of 725 kilometres.

The Lightyear One is priced at EUR 149,000 (USD 169,509) including value-added tax (VAT). The reservation deposit for the first 100 owners stands at EUR 119,000. Lightyears says that future models it plans to develop will come at a lower price.

Customers can expect first deliveries in early 2021.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.14)

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