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The Dutch company will begin shipping the world's first production-ready solar-powered car to customers later this year, promising months of battery-free driving in the summer.
Lightyear, founded in the Netherlands in 2016, will release 949 models with curved solar panels on the hood and roof of the car. Energy from the sun will allow you to travel 70 kilometers a day.
; this is a step in the right direction, but they depend on the grid, which is still mainly dependent on fossil fuel energy”, — Lex Hoofsluth, CEO and co-founder of the firm, said at the unveiling of the $263,000 car.
The company claims that the car, which will be built in Finland by Valmet Automotive, allows two months of driving on a single charge in Amsterdam in the summer and a whole seven months in Portugal.
During a test drive, “Lightyear 0” traveled more than 700 kilometers by car on a single charge of a 60 kilowatt-hour battery.
Following a small run of Lightyear 0; the company plans to launch a more affordable model with a starting price of 30,000 euros. Production should start in late 2024 or early 2025.
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