The Lightyear 0 is equipped with a patented dual-curved solar panel covering an area of five square meters, which allows the vehicle to recharge itself on the move or when parked outside. Under optimal conditions, Lightyear 0 can provide energy for itself with a range of 70 kilometers per day, above the estimated WLTP range of 625 kilometers. Thanks to a yield of up to 11,000 kilometers of diesel per year, motorists using the Lightyear 0 for their daily commute (35 kilometers) can drive for months in the summer before they need a charger or socket; in a climate like the Netherlands it will be two months and in a climate like Spain or Portugal no less than seven months.
Its four-wheel motor makes it the most efficient electric powertrain available today, according to the manufacturer. With an energy consumption of 10.5 kWh per 100 kilometers (at 110 km/h), it is an efficient electric car and a drag coefficient of less than 0.19 making it the most aerodynamic family car to date. In addition to aerodynamics, the weight of the car also affects efficiency. The Lightyear 0 is an electric car that is five meters long, but weighs up to 1,575 kilograms. The strength of the design becomes apparent in practice: at highway speeds (110 km/h), the Lightyear 0 can travel up to a maximum of 560 kilometers in a row.
Since its inception, Lightyear has strived to develop cars that take the strain off the planet and on the driver; therefore minimalism, durability and comfort have been taken into account in every detail of the design. The sleek dashboard features a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system that enables cloud-based updates, and the interior is composed entirely of vegan and natural materials, such as eco-friendly microfiber suede upholstery and rattan sole details.
Production of the Lightyear 0 will begin this fall and the first cars will be delivered in November 2022. As Lightyear prepares to bring its first solar car on the road, the company has chosen to officially present its first car with a name that better reflects the journey. As they started developing their technology from scratch, on a clean note from the start, the Lightyear 0 was the car that paved the way for the brand.
Up to 946 Lightyear 0s will be produced at a cost of €250,000 to effectively introduce this form of mobility to the market and move forward with the next Lightyear model. It is being designed for mass production with a starting price of €30,000 (production is planned for late 2024 / early 2025).