This week, EV company Lightyear unveiled its first solar-powered vehicle, the Lightyear 0, a stylish sedan.
In 2019, the business provided us a first peek at a production prototype of Lightyear 0, and not much has changed at first inspection.
The automobile is effectively a hybrid, with solar panels on the roof, hood, and hatch, as well as a normal 60-kilowatt-hour EV battery pack.
The Lightyear 0's solar panels will charge automatically whenever the car is exposed to the sun, whether it's parked or driving.
The Lightyear 0 is solar-assisted rather than solar-powered. The car must use its battery reserve in order to travel great distances. In a sunny climate, the car's solar panels can supply 44 miles of range each day, while its EV range is 388 miles.
However, for drivers with extremely short commutes or who only need their vehicle on a regular basis, the Lightyear 0 may allow them to stop spending money on gas and charging.
According to the manufacturer, customers with a 22-mile daily commute may drive the Lightyear 0 for two months straight in the Netherlands summer without needing to charge.
In warmer climates, drivers can drive for longer periods of time. According to Lightyear, the sun may give the Lightyear 0 with a range of 3,700 to 6,800 miles per year.
It's worth noting that owners of the Lightyear 0 will need to drive for a long time to justify the vehicle's purchase as a cost-cutting strategy.
The Lightyear 0 will cost €250,000 (approximately $263,262 USD), and only 946 units will be produced. However, a more affordable automobile is on the way. Lightyear also recently showed a prototype of a $33,000 solar-powered car, which is expected to hit the market in 2025.
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