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Lightyear One – Solar electric car

An efficient five adults passenger solar electric car topped with solar cells

October 2019
Gallery Lightyear One – Solar electric car 1
Gallery Lightyear One – Solar electric car 1


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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Label Date October 11, 2019
From Netherlands
Maturity stage Prototype testing in the real world
Looking For Visibility ; Funding ; Partners ; Clients

Implementation Stories

Lightyear One – Solar electric car by Lightyear
Implemented by BNP Paribas in Paris (France) in 2023

Lightyear has signed a pre-order agreement with Arval, Europe’s #1 full service multibrand vehicle leasing company, and key player in sustainable mobility solutions owned by the BNP Paribas Group. The pre-order entails 10,000 units of Lightyear 2, Lightyear’s accessible mass-market model.


The grand total of Lightyear 2 pre-orders from B2B partners now exceeds 21,000 units, corresponding to a revenue of nearly €840 million.


The environmental benefits

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

The Financial benefits

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

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Lightyear's mission is to provide clean and affordable transport everywhere, and for everyone.

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Headquarters 5708 HN Helmond, Netherlands
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