Lightyear, a pioneer in clean mobility, unveiled the world’s first long-range solar car today. It boasts a 450-mile range and a small battery that can be charged directly under sunlight, or with conventional charging stations. “Climate change is such a frightening development that it’s almost paralyzing. We decided to do the opposite; as engineers, we believed we could do something. Lightyear One represents an opportunity to change mobility for the better,” said Lex Hoefsloot, CEO and co-founder of Lightyear. Read more for another video and additional information.
“The idea is that you could take the car on long roadtrips because it isn’t dependent on charging infrastructure the way that traditional electric vehicles like Teslas are. The roof and hood of the car are covered with five square meters of solar cells beneath safety glass, which the company claims is ‘so strong that a fully-grown adult can walk on them without causing dents.’ And it is designed to be very lightweight, making it more power efficient,” reports Engadget.