Lightyear One

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Lightyear One
Lightyear One at Goodwood Festival of Speed.jpg
Lightyear One at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2019
TypeSolar car
Production2021 (expected)
AssemblyHelmond, Netherlands
Body and chassis
Body style5-door Liftback
Layoutwheel hub motor, four-wheel-drive
EngineElectric, 80 kW
Electric range725 km (450 miles) (WLTP)
Length5057 mm[2]
Width1898 mm[2]
Height1426 mm[2]
Curb weight~ 1,300 kg (2,866 lb)

The Lightyear One is a prototype all-electric solar car. Announced on 25 June 2019, production is scheduled to start in 2021.[3]


The Lightyear One is a large hatchback, with the bonnet, roof and boot clad with 5 m2 (54 sq ft) of solar panels, with a WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure) range of 725 km (450 miles) and designed with a drag coefficient of Cd=0.20. The company Lightyear claims there are 1,000 solar panels across the car that can add 50–65 km (30–40 miles) of range per day during summer.[4][5]

The car is all-wheel drive, with four in-wheel electric hub motors powered by a low-mounted battery.[3] It seats five adults and luggage.[5]


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 One was carried out together with GranStudio in Italy.[6]


Preorders for the car with expected market availability at the end of 2021.[5][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. ^ a b Wilkinson, Luke (25 June 2019). "Lightyear unveils long-range solar-electric car". Auto Express. UK. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  4. ^ Potts, Greg (26 June 2019). "The Lightyear One is a long-range solar-powered EV". Top Gear. UK. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Lightyear One: Hands-on with a solar-powered car with 440-mile range". Venture Beat.
  6. ^ Vijayenthiran, Viknesh (25 June 2019). "Dutch EV startup". Motor Authority. US. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Meet the Latest Car in the Solar Automotives Race. It's Self-Charging". Polyarch Co. US. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.

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