The Dutch startup Lightyear’s futuristic solar-powered car, with its five square metres of solar panels on the roof and bonnet and space-age aerodynamic sleekness, can cover 70 km powered solely from the sun – if the weather is good, that is.
But right now the cost of producing one – €250,000 – means it’s not commercially viable. Or not yet, anyway.
“It shows that it is possible, it serves as a technology demonstrator. But our goal is to be able to reach a mass market in three years, with a car at €30,000,” said Lex Hoefsloot, the CEO of Lightyear.
(Source: Euronews, June 27-2022)