Lightyear will begin deliveries of its first ever model, the One, next year and even though it’s a fairly expensive EVs that’s sold by a very small company, it sounds like it’s pretty game-changing. Its biggest draw has to be the fact that with a relatively small battery pack, it has a WLTP range of 725 km (450 miles).
It achieves this impressive range from just 60 kWh because it also relies on the sun’s energy to produce its own electricity via a massive array that spans the entire top of the vehicle (except for the windscreen). In terms of looks, the closest has to be the Volkswagen XL1 and just like that economy-minded vehicle, the Lightyear One is not very quick, sprinting from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just under 10 seconds.
We are very excited to see this vehicle debut next year, especially since it will be built by a company with decades of car-building experience – Finland’s Valmet Automotive, which currently builds the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the GLC. And this same company will also manufacture Lightyear’s second model, predictably called the Two.
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