World's first production-ready solar car to take the road later this year
A Dutch company is starting deliveries of the world’s first production-ready solar car to customers later this year, promising months of charge-less driving in summer conditions.
Lightyear, founded in the Netherlands in 2016, is making 949 of the models featuring curved solar panels across the car’s hood and roof. Power derived from the sun will add as much as 70 kilometers of driving range per day from the sun.
The company says the car will be able to drive around 624 kilometers without stopping to recharge, and each hour in the sun will add up to nearly 9 kilometers of charge to the battery.
“Electric cars are a step in the right direction, but they are dependent on the grid, which is still dependent on mostly fossil fuel energy,” Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Lex Hoefsloot said at the reveal of the $263,000 Lightyear 0 model. “Adding a new source, the sun, adds certainty that you will always have that charge and you will have to charge a lot less often.”
According to Lightyear the optimized solar roof and holistic design mean that the car can drive for weeks, even months, without charging. In cloudy climates, based on the average commute of around 35 kilometers per day, the car can drive for up to two months before needing to be charged. In sunnier countries, that could be up to seven months. Plugged into a regular home socket, Lightyear 0 can still charge 32 kilometers of range per hour.
据Lightyear公司介绍，经过优化的太阳能车顶和整体设计可以使Lightyear 0在不充电的情况下行驶数周甚至数月。按照每天约35公里的平均通勤距离，Lightyear 0在多云气候下最多可行驶两个月才需充电。在阳光充足的国家，Lightyear 0的续航时间或长达7个月。Lightyear 0在接入普通家庭电源后充电1小时可行驶32公里。
In fall Lightyear will start-up production, with the first cars reaching their drivers in November.