The Lightyear 0 is the latest entry into the rapidly growing EV market. The Dutch startup company has made bold promises for its luxury electric sedan, including the promise to deliver its first production cars by November of this year. The vehicle itself, dubbed 0, hosts a variety of energy-efficient design elements incorporating solar power and aerodynamics.
The car’s dimensions are unique in that it’s an EV the size of a BMW 7-Series with the curb weight of a Toyota Supra. Its airflow exterior design makes it highly aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of 0.19, putting it in the same league as the Mercedes-Benz EQXX concept. Moreover, the Lightyear 0 features patented double-curve solar panels with a claimed solar yield of 6,835 miles per year. In optimal conditions, the Lightyear 0 can recharge 43 miles of range per day using solar energy. This will certainly help extend the car’s claimed WLTP range of 388 miles per charge. Another unique design element is the car’s in-wheel electric motors requiring a modest 10.5-kWh of energy while traveling 62 mph.
Inside, the Lightyear 0 features a 10.1-inch touchscreen and upholstery made from naturally-sourced materials like microfiber suede seats and rattan palm detailing. Lightyear’s production goal is 946 vehicles a year. Apart from the 0, Lightyear announced plans to build a mass-market EV with an affordable price under $40k scheduled for 2024/2025.
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