Lightyear 0

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Lightyear 0
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Lightyear 0 at Motorworld Munich in 2021
TypeSolar car
Productionstarting 2022 (to commence)
AssemblyUusikaupunki, Finland (Valmet Automotive)
Body and chassis
Body style5-door Liftback
Layoutwheel hub motor, four-wheel-drive
Engine4 electric engines in the wheels
Power output130 kW (170 bhp)
Battery60 kWh
Electric range625 km (388 miles) (WLTP)
Length5,057 mm[2]
Width1,898 mm[2]
Height1,426 mm[2]
Curb weight~ 1,575 kg (3,472 lb)

The Lightyear 0 (formerly the Lightyear One) is an upcoming all-solar-electric car by Lightyear. Production was originally scheduled to start in 2021, with a starting price of €250,000 incl. VAT (US$296,000). The first units are to be delivered in 2022.


The Lightyear 0 is a large fastback, with the bonnet, roof and boot clad with 5 m2 (54 sq ft) of solar cells, with a WLTP range of 625 km (388 miles) and designed with a record drag coefficient of Cd=0.175. The company Lightyear claims there are 782 solar cells across the car that can add 70 km (43.5 miles) of range per day during summer.[3][4]

Lightyear One at Fully Charged Europe 2022

The car is all-wheel drive, with four in-wheel electric hub motors powered by a low-mounted battery.[5] It seats five adults and luggage.[4]


The solar panel design was born out of the Solar Team Eindhoven's solar-powered cars for the World Solar Challenge. Design work on the Lightyear 0 was carried out together with GranStudio in Italy.[6]

Price and availability[edit]

Announced on 25 June 2019, production was scheduled to start in 2021, mentioning a starting price of €119,000 incl. VAT (US$141,000).[5] In September 2021, Lightyear were reported to have raised US$110 million to bring the vehicle to production, and delivering the first units in 2022, for the price of €250,000 incl. VAT (US$296,000).[7]


  1. ^ "Lightyear One (2019) – Designing a super efficient family car that charges under the sun". Turin: GranStudio. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Lightyear One | The electric car that charges itself with sunlight". Netherlands: Lightyear. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  3. ^ Potts, Greg (26 June 2019). "The Lightyear One is a long-range solar-powered EV". Top Gear. UK. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Lightyear One: Hands-on with a solar-powered car with 440-mile range". Venture Beat.
  5. ^ a b Wilkinson, Luke (25 June 2019). "Lightyear unveils long-range solar-electric car". Auto Express. UK. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  6. ^ Vijayenthiran, Viknesh (25 June 2019). "Dutch EV startup". Motor Authority. US. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  7. ^ Lightyear raises $110 million to bring its $170,000 'solar' electric car to market - Electrek (archived)

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