Lightyear one – Car on solar energy and Long range electric car: Electric vehicles are great but not excellent because of this. Electric cars don’t run for long distances in a single charge. They need to be charged repeatedly after every 190-200 miles. So, lightyear launched a prototype of this car. Lightyear one is a long range electric car; it is a partial solar energy car. You don’t need to search in maps for near-by charging stations. It means you can reach your destination continuously and tediously without any frustrations.
Lightyear one can drive around 500 miles in a single charge, whereas there is no other top branded electric car that can run for such long distances. The average electric vehicle also runs for around 200 miles, even tesla’s topmost model S can also drive a distance of 370 miles only. Then, a question might have stuck in your mind, how can the lightyear one travel 500 miles before recharging it? This all happens due to solar energy.
The company is accepting 500 pre-orders worth $135,000, and production is going to begin in 2021. Lex says, lightyear has received around 100 per-orders and is taking the next 400 more. After 2021, the price is expected to rise to USD170,000 by $35000.
Design and development
Lightyear one was launched in 2016. Granstudio designed the Lightyear one in Italy. It is a luxurious car and good looking as compared to other solar cars. The roof, boot, and bonnet of the vehicle comprise of 5m2 solar panels (53.82 square feet). The car is designed in such a way that it can reach from one place to another as quickly as possible.
Lex Hoefsloot, the brilliant CEO of the lightyear, says four superefficient motors are used in the car. Every wheel has its separate motor. The superefficient motors require less energy as compared to any ordinary motor. Lightyear one is also lighter, weighing 1,300 kg (2,866 lb), and is powered by an 80 kW electric battery.
The solar panels in lightyear one are 20 percent more efficient than any normal solar cells. A layer of glass covers these solar panels for protection from damage. This car will have less impact on the environment than other electric as well as fuel-powered vehicles.
Lightyear one can be charged efficiently and effectively from any electric outlet in less time. It can run around 570 km if charged through 60 kW fast-charging for an hour and can drive about 350 km if charged overnight with a simple 230V electric socket.
The company says the car can drive 450 miles on its electric battery and an additional distance of 50-65 km (30-40 miles) per day with the help of solar panels in summers. On the contrary, it will be less energy efficient during zero sunlight, heavy storms, and chilly weather. Lex Hoefsloot claims, the car will still run for 250 miles despite zero sunshine.
It can generate a massive power of 83 Wh/km and accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h in 10 seconds. The aerodynamic drag is low compared to other EV cars in the market, as the drag coefficient of lightyear one as low as 0.20. This helps in improving energy efficiency, i.e. reduces energy consumption.
As I have already told that lightyear is currently accepting orders for lightyear one worth $135000, it is going rise up to $170,000 after production begins in 2021.
People wish to buy lightyear one, but one thing is stopping their minds from purchasing it, that is cost. According to people, the price needs to be lower than the offered value. So, lightyear must think over the cost of the lightyear one. Lex assumes that the amount of this hypercar may fall due to a fall in the price of solar energy in the market.
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Lightyear one can drive 450 miles (725 km) in one charge. It can generate a massive power of 83 Wh/km and accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h in 10 seconds. The dimensions of lightyear one are 5057 x 1898 x 1426 mm (L x W x H).
The other vital specifications are Wireless key, Wireless charging pad, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and many more. It also includes companion app, isofixes in the back, big armrest and cupholders.
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