On the Shopper Electronics Present (CES) in Las Vegas, Lightyear introduced their “First come, First drive” waitlist for the brand new Lightyear photo voltaic powered EV. With area for 5 and ample baggage room, Lightyear 2 is constructed for all of life’s adventures, lengthy distances, and even its unscripted challenges.
The Dutch high-tech firm was the primary to produced a solar-powered electrical automobile, the Lightyear zero. Nonetheless, the zero value $250,000. Fortunately, the Lightyear 2 will value quite a bit much less. It’s anticipated to start out at beneath $40,000 within the US. Lightyear says the primary areas for the launch of the Lightyear 2 would be the US, UK and EU, with manufacturing anticipated to start out by the tip of 2025. Particular person shoppers can be a part of the waitlist, and be first in line to pre order the Lightyear 2.
“Lightyear 2 will quick monitor our mission of delivering clear mobility to everybody, in all places. That is the primary EV that enables shoppers to prioritize sustainability, with out compromising on practicality. By harnessing the ability of the solar, Lightyear 2 elevates the electrical driving expertise and reduces reliance on strained electrical energy grids. In reality, whereas Lightyear 2 automobiles require much less charging from the electrical energy grid than a standard EV, in addition they flip the script by offering clear power again into the grid.” – Lex Hoefsloot, CEO and Co-Founding father of Lightyear
With Lightyear 2, drivers will halve their lifetime CO2 emissions in comparison with a standard EV and provide an actual life driving vary of over 500 miles till your subsequent cost. The corporate is encouraging folks to rethink their relationship with their automobile and the power that drives it. Photo voltaic EVs are the following technology of unpolluted electrical mobility, and Lightyear 2 is the automobile set to democratize photo voltaic electrical driving. With 21,000 pre-orders of Lightyear 2 from worldwide leasing and experience sharing companions, LeasePlan, MyWheels, Arval and Athlon, much more drivers will profit from photo voltaic electrical driving throughout the globe.
In response to EY’s mobility shopper index report, 52% of automobile patrons have thought of buying an electrical automobile, however adoption charges proceed to stay low on account of boundaries like anxiousness round driving vary, pricing, and lack of residence charging and sparse public charging networks. The automotive trade’s technique to date has added weight and emissions. Lightyear supplies an answer to that by introducing this hyper-efficient photo voltaic electrical automobile.
Via its energy-efficient design and built-in photo voltaic cells, Lightyear goals to eradicate the 2 largest considerations for electrical vehicles – excessive charging frequency and restricted vary. This enables motorists to drive as much as eleven thousand kilometers per yr with the ability of the solar, relying on the local weather. The fast-growing firm was based in 2016 and at the moment employs over 600 folks. The staff includes a mixture of younger expertise and skilled names from the automotive and expertise industries. In 2019, Lightyear launched its first driving prototype, and, in June 2022, the corporate unveiled its production-intent automobile, the Lightyear zero, which began restricted manufacturing in November 2022. The following, high-volume sequence, Lightyear 2, is slated to start out manufacturing in 2025.