Konstantin Bolotov ,
. Photo: Lightyear
A Lightyear start from the Netherlands, one year late, presented a running prototype of the Lightyear One electric car. The liftback is "lined" with solar batteries and therefore has a record power reserve of 725 km according to the WLTP standard. Each wheel is powered by a separate motor, but the current is unknown, as is the battery's capacity at the bottom. It is said only that acceleration to one hundred takes 10 seconds. Up to 20,000 "sun" (read, free) kilometers per year are promised. The series version will be shown in 2021 with an unreasonable price tag of 119,000 euros (8.5 million rubles).
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Lightyear was founded in 2016 by former students at the Technical University of Eindhoven who worked at Solar Team Eindhoven. She triumphed three times in the prototype competition on the solar powered Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. After opening their own business, the guys surprisingly quickly took up EUR 20 million in the form of investments, grants and advances. Part of the funding came from the EU: as part of the Horizon 2020 innovation program. Lightyear has over 100 employees, including former engineers from Tesla and Ferrari.
The battery from a household outlet of 350 kilometers, an express terminal with a capacity of over 60 kW for one hour will provide a reserve of 570 km. Hundreds of liftbacks from the first set of 500 are already reserved. start with an exclusive offer. The following models will be much cheaper, "promises director Hyovslot. Remember that Lightyear One is not alone. Very soon, Sono Sion German sunblock will enter the series.