Dutch electric car maker Lightyear has passed another milestone this week, with the announcement of a test run which completed 710 kilometres (440 miles) at a speed of 85 km per hour. The Lightyear One vehicle has long been marketed as a super efficient EV and this latest coup proves the point. The car features embedded solar panels, super efficient electric in-wheel motors and a bunch of other software and hardware enhancements focused on maximising the vehicle’s range. The results speak for themselves.
Depending on where you live and the extent of available sunlight, the car is targeted to offer between 7000 and 20,000 miles of pure solar miles range per year, which is not trivial. Conceivably, if you live in a bright sunny climate, you could go for months without needing to top up the on-board battery from a charger. Which is pretty mind-blowing. A limited edition of the car will go on sale early next year, with full production slated to start in 2024. Things are going to get interesting if this hybrid solar technology takes off. And there’s no reason why it won’t unless price and/or availability issues get in the way. Check out the video below for more information on the test run.