another 81 million euros for Lightyear

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Having an electric car that doesn’t need plugs sounds like science fiction but it will be a reality very soon. Is he light year 0 (formerly known as Lightyear One) and will go into production this fall. We should see it on the street over the next year.

A solar street car. Obviously, the great advantage that Lightyear announces is that its huge solar panels spread over the roof and the hood of the bodywork allow it to go up to 70 kilometers without recharging Car. Of course, from the firm they point out that this is possible if the best possible lighting conditions are given.

Adding capacity, the Lightyear 0 has battery packs that have not been disclosed but that, according to the brand, should allow it to reach about 625 kilometers. Of course, at a cruising speed of 110 km / h (maximum speed for which it is prepared), these figures are lowered to 560 kilometers available.

Efficiency. If we look at the Lightyear 0 we will see many similarities with the Mercedes Vision EQXX, the prototype that the brand has prepared to discover what its maximum efficiency is and how far they can go in the development of batteries and electric motors.

The aerodynamic coefficient of this Lightyear 0 is 0.19 Cx, data that would place it among the best on the market. For this, they opt for the smooth and round shapes of the front, a pronounced drop and partially faired wheels on its rear axle. The goal, of course, is to minimize air resistance.

Seven months “free”. The great advantage that Lightyear points to is that for those who do less than 70 kilometers per day, energy consumption is non-existent. In the best conditions, they point out that drivers can go seven months without recharging their car.

In fact, if we take as a reference the data presented by the mitec (Ministry for the ecological transition and the demographic challenge), a Spaniard travels an average of 28.9 kilometers per day by car in our country. That is, he could circulate for two days with a full solar charge and would have kilometers to spare.

the sun challenge. For years, the use of solar energy has been thought of as the ideal way to move vehicles, especially in those located in countries as favorable for the development of this industry as ours. But in a car, it’s not that simple.

The Toyota Prius already had a sunroof, but the recovered energy barely served to sustain part of the car’s electrical systems, so the savings are almost anecdotal. During our test of the Mercedes Vision EQXX, the Germans confirmed to us that they had managed to extend the life of the battery by 43 kilometers during their trip to Silverstone.

In neither case were the cars capable of storing energy, it was simply used as the panels received sunlight. This changes completely with Lightyear 0, which will be able to store the energy received and, therefore, dispose of it without needing a plug. On that trip to Germany, Mercedes engineers confirmed that this was the next big challenge.

its cons. The problem with the solar panels used in a car is that they are capable of collecting little energy, which, yes, can end up being definitive. Despite this, the available surface for solar panels is scarce and according to Toyota accounts, it is necessary to have a car for five hours in the sun to be able to travel 10 kilometers (with a consumption of 15 kWh, low for current electric cars).

In addition, the solar system also adds more weight to the vehicle and, therefore, worsens its efficiency where cloudy or rainy days occur. In that case, there would be no choice but to pull the plug, losing the great appeal of the car.

The electric car poses too many challenges.  China has already gone one step further with its first solar car

many trust. Despite everything, Lightyear continues to find financing for his project. It is a start-up that is barely six years old and that showed the first prototype in 2019. Now, the firm has obtained another 81 million dollars in support, as pick up at Tech-Crunch.

If the plans progress as expected, the start of production is expected in the coming months and the first deliveries should arrive throughout 2023. For now, they are already planning to manufacture 946 units and hope that the electric and solar car will serve as a base to launch a future SUV on the market in 2025 that is around 30,000 euros.

Having an electric car that doesn’t need plugs sounds like science fiction but it will be a reality very soon.…

Having an electric car that doesn’t need plugs sounds like science fiction but it will be a reality very soon.…

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