|Production||starting 2022 (to commence)|
|Assembly||Uusikaupunki, Finland (Valmet Automotive)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door Liftback|
|Layout||wheel hub motor, four-wheel-drive|
|Engine||4 electric engines in the wheels|
|Power output||130 kW (170 bhp)|
|Electric range||625 km (388 miles) (WLTP)|
|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.
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.
Price and availability
Announced on 25 June 2019, production was scheduled to start in 2021, mentioning a starting price of €119,000 incl. VAT (US$141,000). 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).
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