The car is expected to go on sale with a price tag of around 250,000 euros.
The Lightyear 0 was unveiled earlier this year and was said to be the first solar-powered production car in the world. The company has now sent its electric car to the wind tunnel, churning out impressive results.
According to reports, the Lightyear 0 solar-powered electric car is now the world’s most aerodynamic production vehicle with a drag coefficient of 0.175. The Cd figures were confirmed in the FKFS wind tunnels in Stuttgart, Germany under WLTP conditions. In comparison, the Mercedes-Benz EQS has a Cd of 0.20, the Lucid Air, 0.21 and the Tesla Model S, 0.24. The drag coefficient of the Lightyear 0 is in fact very close to the Mercedes-Benz EQXX concept car’s 0.170.
The low drag coefficient, combined with the EV’s solar panels allows the Lightyear 0 to offer an extremely impressive range. The EV comes with a 60 kWh battery pack, paired with four electric motors. The motors produce a combined output of 172 BHP, while the battery pack alone gives the Lightyear 0 a range of 625 km on a full charge. However, in ideal conditions, the solar panels on the cars can help recoup up to 70 km of range under the sun. This means for average commutes, the Lightyear 0 could go for months before being required to charge.
Production of the solar-powered EV is expected to begin soon. The car is expected to go on sale with a price tag of around 250,000 euros. Lightyear will produce only 946 examples of their first solar-powered EV.
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