Lightyear One: electric car, rechargeable from the sun

Lightyear One: electric car, rechargeable from the sun

June 25, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

At the first electric car, the creation of which was announced by the Dutch startup Lightyear, orders are accepted, although the serial car will come off the assembly line in 2021

Car show to the public was held on the morning of 06/06/2019 in the town of Katwijk. The startup created a group of enthusiasts in 2016, which previously collected electric cars for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge competition, where only cars powered by the Sun could compete. Lightyear participants managed to become champions 3 times: in 2013, 2015 and 2017. As a result, the team members decided that the accumulated experience would be suitable for the development of commercial vehicles.

The idea is to use natural resource as an energy source – sunlight. It will help to extend the power reserve from one network charging to another.

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In the design of the machine – solar panels, which covered the entire horizontal surface of the body. Their total area is 5 square meters. Solar panels are protected by a special coating, the strength of which is beyond doubt, since it can withstand the weight of an adult. The body itself was optimized as much as possible in aerodynamic terms, though, Cx – the parameter was not indicated.

The use of solar panels gives 20 thousand. “Extra” km per year: the specific value is difficult to specify: it all depends on the place of operation of the car. The cumulative power reserve – a record, and is 725 km. With normal charging from a household outlet, you can fill the batteries for 350 km per night, and if you use the terminal, you will “gain” energy by 570 km in an hour.