Dutch start-up Lightyear has revealed a prototype of its upcoming new One, which it claims would be the world’s first long-range photo voltaic automobile.
The One is a light-weight, four-wheel drive, coupé-style four-door, which Lightyear says will provide a spread of round 450 miles on the WLTP mixed cycle from a solar-electric hybrid powertrain.
Lightyear claims the One is ready to obtain this segment-leading vary even with a a lot smaller battery than that present in equal BEVs, as a result of it consumes a lot much less power than typical electrical automobiles.
Every wheel is independently pushed, minimising lack of power all through the drivetrain, whereas using ultra-light supplies for its physique development reduces pressure on the battery’s output.
In addition to producing as a lot as 12,430 miles price of power annually from solar energy, the One might be charged from a traditional home 230V outlet, gaining as much as 250 miles of vary in a single day
The automobile’s five-metre-square photo voltaic panels are positioned on its roof and bonnet, comprising photo voltaic cells built-in in security glass so robust that, Lightyear says, “a fully-grown grownup can stroll on them with out inflicting dents.”
Firm boss Lex Hoefsloot stated: ““The primary aim of the automobile is to fill in the place electrical automobiles fall brief. Analysis has proven that vary and the dearth of charging choices are nonetheless the highest issues that folks have when contemplating buying electrical automobiles.”
The One marks the beginning of Lightyear’s deliberate photo voltaic car improvement technique. Whereas reservations for the One open at €119,000 (£106,000), future fashions will “have considerably decrease buy costs”.
The corporate additionally says the One’s successors will likely be geared in direction of car-sharing, with excessive ranges of autonomy and low working prices, because it strives to create a product vary that’s absolutely sustainable.
The primary 100 One fashions, of a complete deliberate manufacturing run of 500, have been reserved already. Construct is ready to get underway in 2021.
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