Electric cars are better for the environment than fossil fuel-burning vehicles, but they still rely on the grid, which can be variously dirty or clean depending on what sources it uses for its energy.
The new Lightyear One is a prototype vehicle that would improve that by collecting the power it needs to run from the sun.
Lightyear, a startup from the Netherlands born as Stella, has come a long way since it won a Crunchie award in 2015, with a vehicle that now looks ready for the road. The Lightyear One has a sleek, driver-friendly design and also boasts a range of 450 miles on a single charge – definitely a first for a car powered by solar and intended for the actual consumer market.
According to Cursor, the battery recharges itself using solar energy, which you can use to charge up to 20,000 kilometers per year. You can also use standard electrical outlets; with a normal 230 V plug, you can charge up to 400 kilometers per night. That is especially handy if you want to make a road trip because you do not have to use the electric charging infrastructure.
The startup says that it has already sold “over a hundred vehicles” even though this isn’t yet ready to hit the road, but Lightyear is aiming to begin production by 2021, with reservations available for 500 additional units for the initial release. You do have to pay €119,000 up front (around $136,000 USD) to secure a reservation, however.
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