Written by Kfir Kedem - October 19, 2020
Edited by Asaf Kedem
Lightyear is an up and coming Dutch manufacturer that has recently made headlines with their vehicle design. They have designed the world’s most power efficient electric car, which is up to 2-3 times more efficient than other EVs on the market. They do this with their unmatched aerodynamic design that yields an air drag coefficient of only 0.2. They call their car the Lightyear One.
Other than aerodynamics, the car has an integrated solar roof that is built up of 5 square meters of solar panels. According to Lightyear, these solar panels can charge the car up by a 70 km range increase. The overall range of the car is 725 km and is meant to last drivers on long journeys.
To add to the exciting specifications, the car is lightweight and constructed of aluminum and carbon fiber. Just like other EV manufacturer’s Lightyear is using four independently controlled in-wheel motors to mimic a four-wheel-drive system.
Auto Trendy’s take:
The Lightyear One looks very exciting. With a charge of 70 km coming from the solar panels alone, people who only use their cars for short ranges would find themselves never needing to charge. The focus on aerodynamics is great as the design of the car’s exterior is majorly increasing the driving range. Aerodynamic design is used all throughout the industry, even in the square-shaped European trucks, but Lightyear seem to be taking it to the next level. Being in the Netherlands, Lightyear has access to some of Europe’s top automotive engineering companies and it would be interesting to see the final product driving on the road.