Lightyear develops EV with significant solar power
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A new approach to future mobility and specifically propulsion was found at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed as crowds had the chance to look over the Lightyear One. Solar power is a big part of the four-door car, the manufacturer claiming that panels onboard the vehicle can enable a range of up to 500 mi (805 km)—with a guaranteed 250 mi (400 km) in winter with heaters deployed and traveling at highways speeds. The car is powered by four axial-flux in-wheel motors that produce 80 kW, helping to enable a top speed of 160 mph (260 km/h) and a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time of under 10 s. Charging the Lightning One via solar power adds a maximum of 12 km (7.5 mi) range an hour, while a 60-kW fast charger provides 570 km (355 mi) of range after 60 min of charging. Lightyear clearly favors the more “natural” charging procedure and has concluded that a number of countries lack the required infrastructure to cope with the number of electric cars coming onto the market. It believes that by cutting out the charging unit, it will overcome this issue and also make for a more sustainable and greener product. LeasePlan Netherlands is Lightyear’s leasing partner for the Lightyear One, with the Pioneer Edition expected on Dutch roads in 2020, the regular edition scheduled for availability in 2021. Lightyear launched the first prototypes in the summer of 2019. In October, the car’s engineering team validated the car’s record-breaking aerodynamic performance in a wind-tunnel facility in Turin, confirming the simulation model coefficient of drag (Cd) below 0.20.
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