Lightyear One – Solar electric car

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October 2019
Headquarters 5708 HN Helmond, Netherlands

Lightyear One – Solar electric car - An efficient five adults passenger solar electric car topped with solar cells

The Lightyear One is a solar electric full fledged passenger car for five adults with a total 950L luggage space and a range of 800 km.

The car can be driven for weeks without charging from the electricity grid because it is highly efficient as a result of an extreme low air resistance, four independently controlled in-wheel motors with no transmission loss, state of the art solar power panels and electronics enabling the car to charge directly from the sun. Charging speeds vary from 12 km/h on solar, 35 km/h on a normal socket to 570 km/h with 60 kW fast charging. This car reduces the total amount of CO2 over lifetime (make, use and dispose) of 70% compared to a similar gasoline car and reduces the power consumption from the grid substantially, compared to standard electric vehicles.

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Key features

  • Emits 53% less CO2 in total (evaluated on a lifetime of 12 years and an average driven distance of 15.000 km/year)


  • Operational costs are 90% lower versus the F-segment price point gasoline car reference
  • A payback time of 5 years

Company Profile

Maturity Stage

  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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