light yeara Dutch start-up developing long-range hybrid solar-powered vehicles, today announced an €81 million ($81 million) investment as it prepares to start production of its first vehicles in the coming months. announced that it had been procured.
On the other hand, recent history scattered with examples prototype solar powered carthe burgeoning electric vehicle movement has so far been largely confined to vehicles that must be connected to the grid to recharge, or hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) self-charge while driving. However, many companies, such as Germany’s Sono Motors, are pushing to bring solar-powered vehicles to the mass market. recently revealed The final production design of the first solar electric vehicle is expected to go on sale in 2023. Debut prototype in 2019,Previously Raised more than $100 million funding.
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Bringing solar charging into the electric car race essentially solves two problems in one. Cars can be charged while in transit or parked, so drivers don’t have to worry as much about where the nearest charging station is. The car can also go far without being plugged in, and Lightyear promises he’ll have more than 600 miles of range on a single charge. This of course depends a lot on your personal driving habits and the season, given how important daylight is. But someone who drives only 20 or so miles a day might be able to leave their car off the grid during the summer and rely entirely on the daily solar charging.
Lightyear plans to start production of the Lightyear 0 (previously called the Lightyear One) this fall, which will cost prospective buyers €250,000. Alongside this, Lightyear is already working on its follow-up, Lightyear 2. The Lightyear 2 is his €30,000 complete mass market model with a more affordable price tag, and production is expected to start in 2025.
Lightyear’s latest cash injection includes capital from a public consortium of backers, including investment firm Invest-NL Established by the Dutch Ministry of Finance in 2020and private funds such as SHV and Dela.
“We believe that an investment of this magnitude is a testament to Lightyear’s product vision, as our technology is highly likely to have a positive impact on society in the current market environment,” said Lightyear. CEO and co-founder Rex Hoefsloth said in a statement. “[Lightyear] Delivering the world’s first solar car, we are working towards a more sustainable future. “