Lightyear One: World’s First Long-range Electric Car
Parth Dutt
Car Technology
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Lightyear One: World’s First Long-range Electric Car

Parth Dutt

A Netherland-based company and its wondrous enigma of a car are ready to disrupt the EV market, and we are excited! The car is touted to be the World’s first long-range Electric car. The car covered a whopping 710 km test run on a single charge, and is said to have outperformed the most popular electric car manufacturer Tesla. This new beast from the Netherland’s automaker is named ‘Lightyear One,’ a name we believe will be on every auto enthusiast’s mouth for the foreseeable future. 

It currently has an unbeatable efficiency as it consumes 83 Wh/km only, which in comparison to the other electric vehicles is two to three times much lesser.  Lightyear has exceeded its expectations at such an early stage of the test run, and it has really set a milestone when it comes to the lowest emissions and clean solar range cars. 

Lightyear One

The CEO of Lightyear said in a press release,

“This prototype has over 710 km of range with an energy consumption of only 85 Wh/km at 85 km per hour. Even the most efficient electric cars in the market today consume around 50% more energy at this relatively low speed.”

Lex Hoefsloot – Co-founder, CEO – Lightyear

The focus is very much centered on one objective; that of clean energy. The company is prizing itself on its patented technology and has delivered on its promise of introducing the most efficient electric vehicle. The car industry is shifting towards green-powered vehicles, and the companies like Lightyear are racing towards that goal.

The test run for the car was successful as it ran on a single battery charge of 60kWh, and the long-range solar electric car is designed to create a change. The car roof is comprised of 54 sq. ft. of solar cells, which powers the car enough to stop it from continuous charging station visits. The company is successfully highlighting clean energy in leaps and bounds, to say the least.

The CEO also added,

“45 miles would be the additional range on a sunny day. In this case, it was a bit of a cloudy day, we got a few hours of good sun and in total about 3.4 kWh from the solar panels, which equals around 25 miles.”

The car was manufactured by the winning experts from Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. It was built using low rolling-resistance tires in order to optimize the performance and maximize the efficiency by enduring a very low drag coefficient of under 0.20. The production of the car will be beginning in 2022. Only 946 units are expected to be manufactured in the first year of production, and then by 2024, it is expected to get into production in full swing.