The world's first solar-powered production automobile, capable of travelling 11,000 kilometres per year without recharging.

Lightyear, a startup located in the Netherlands, has presented its first solar-powered electric vehicle, the Lightyear 0. According to the business, the production-ready vehicle includes a 60kWh battery pack with a range of 625 kilometres, 70 kilometres of which is obtained solely by solar power.

The vehicle is propelled by four in-wheel electric motors that produce a total of 174PS. The Lightyear 0's solar output is stated to be up to 11,000 kilometres per year. The sedan has double-curved solar panels distributed over 54 square feet between the front, roof, and back end of the Electric Vehicle (EV). These solar panels can harvest energy from the sun at any time.

The Lightyear 0 has also gotten a lot of attention because of its distinctive design and technology. In nations with favourable circumstances, a person commuting 35 kilometres per day might use a solar EV for up to seven months without needing to recharge its battery via an electric point. Even in places with limited sunlight, the Lightyear 0 might last up to two months.

The engineering team spent 6 years researching and developing the production-ready model. However, it is not very different from the concept model shown in 2019.

The automobile has long, flowing body lines that seem lovely while also contributing to its aerodynamic character, with a drag Coefficient (Cd) of 0.19 Cd. The Lightyear 0 is also billed as the world's most energy-efficient EV, requiring only 10.5 kWh per 100 km at highway speeds.

The Lightyear 0 adheres to its sustainable mission statement on the inside. It has plant-based leather, microfiber upholstery, recycled bottle textiles, and 100% vegan insulated particle foam. A 10.1-inch touchscreen that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay displays entertainment and other information like as navigation.

In all, the EV manufacturer intends to produce just 946 of these solar-powered vehicles every year. The Lightyear 0 solar EV has a starting price of (United States dollar) USD 263,243 or Rs 2.05 crores (approximately).

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