Lightyear has given an update on the approaching start of series production of its electric sedan with integrated solar cells. The core technology of the One has been validated and the focus is now on providing the vehicles, the Dutch start-up announced. Important further steps include crash tests and road approval.
As soon as all tests are complete, the final details will be made available to contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive, Lightyear said. From late summer, the first copies of the One should roll off the assembly line in Finland. According to the company, the first 150 copies of the “One Pioneer Edition” at a price of 150,000 euros are already sold out. For the other vehicles, a much higher price called: The second reservable model series called “Limited Edition” costs 250,000 euros.
Last year, a prototype One drove 440 miles (708 km) on one battery charge. The developers have the aerodynamics for this and efficiency of the system is the focus. With the integrated solar technology, the 60 kWh drive battery can be charged for around 45 miles (72 km) on a sunny day.
Using the technology developed for the One, Lightyear is planning a second model. The Two is said to come with a planned price from 30,000 euros become significantly more affordable and come onto the market in 2024/2025. There is already interest in the Two, Lightyear recently explained: The Dutch car sharing market leader The Sharing Group wants to offer the One from 2023 and add around 5000 Two to its portfolio between 2024 and 2025. Last year it was said that the leasing and fleet management provider LeasePlan had reserved 5,000 copies of the second model.
Founded in 2016, Lightyear now employs over 450 people, according to a release. The team consists of a mix of young talents and experienced names from the automotive and technology sectors. The start-up presented the first driving prototype of the One in the summer of 2019. The company was able to collect almost 100 million euros for its plans in 2021.
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