Meet The Solar Electric Lightyear One Prototype Revealed Today

It can go some 725 km (451 miles) under the WLTP test cycle and replenishes range at up to 12 km/h from the sun.

Lightyear unveiled today the prototype version of its Lightyear One solar electric car, scheduled for 2021.

The 5-seater looks pretty good, especially taking into consideration the priority of making it efficient, aerodynamic, with plain surfaces for photovoltaic cells embedded on the hood and roof.

Believe it or not, but the Lightyear One is rated at 725 km (451 miles) of WLTP range, which at an energy consumption of 83 Wh/km suggests around a 60 kWh battery.

The range is expected to remain high – 400 km (248 miles) – even in the winter, at -10°C, while normally it should be between 600-800 km (373-497 miles).

An interesting approach is the use of four independent electric motors, one for each wheel, which not only means AWD, but also advanced torque vectoring.

On the charging topic, Lightyear decided to go with an on-board charger (up to 22 kW three-phase AC) and DC fast charging up to 60 kW.

The major drawback of the Lightyear One is its price of €119,000, but we need to remember that the target is the premium/luxury segment. The first 100 cars have already been reserved, and now the company is collecting pre-orders for the first 500 cars with a reservation fee of €119,000.

Lightyear One specs:


Lightyear One prototype
Lightyear One prototype
Lightyear One prototype
Lightyear One prototype
Lightyear One prototype
Lightyear One prototype
Lightyear One prototype
Lightyear One prototype

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