Lightyear 0, the electric car that recharges with the Sun that we had the opportunity to test on Spanish roads last summer, has made a further important step towards series production. Indeed, Valmet Automotive , the company chosen by the Dutch startup to produce its electric car, announced that it has completed the first pre-production model of Lightyear 0 .
Lightyear presented the final project to Valmet Automotive in June 2022. At that point & egrave; the realization of the first model has started with the definitive specifications that & egrave; has now been finalized. Apparently, everything would be proceeding according to schedule and series production will begin; towards the end of 2022 .
The production line of the solar charging car will be located at the Uusikaupunki plant in Finland. The new assembly line dedicated to Lightyear 0 will be; featuring cutting-edge technological solutions.
We are immensely proud as Valmet Automotive to have completed the first pre-production Lightyear 0 solar electric vehicle. This is serious; an important step towards the start of car production for customers.
The pre-production vehicles that will be built will serve to verify and validate all aspects of the car and also to obtain all the certifications before starting series production.
UP TO 70 KM THANKS TO THE SUN
We remind you that the Lightyear 0 is characterized by a power > composed of 4 electric motors . Overall, there are 130 kW available. The whole is; powered by a 60 kWh battery (NMC). Thanks to the efficiency of the engines and aerodynamics, the car is capable of travel up to 625 km according to the WLTP cycle.
The flagship of this electric car is; obviously the solar charging technology . Solar panels were installed on the hood and roof of the car for a total of 5 square meters. Under optimal conditions, they can generate a power of 1.05 kW. Therefore, in this scenario it will be; possible to have 70 km of distance more; per day . According to Lightyear, & egrave; It is possible to have an average of up to 11,000 additional km per year.
The car will be; produced only in 946 specimens. The cost is; important and & egrave; equal to 250,000 euros.
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