Lightyear expects to begin production of its $263,000 solar-powered automobile later this year
The use of solar panels, which is uncommon in the automotive industry, is what distinguishes this car. The Lightyear 0 has five square meters (53.8 square feet) of “patented, double curve solar panels,” which allow it to charge itself while traveling or sitting in the sun. Someone with a daily commute of fewer than 35km (21 miles) may drive for months without having to plug in the vehicle for recharging.
“It would take two months in climes like the Netherlands and up to seven months in Spain or Portugal,” Lightyear claims.
The Lightyear 0 is powered by a 60kWh battery pack and four electric motors that provide 174 horsepower and 1,269 lb-ft of torque. Lightyear claims the vehicle would accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 10 seconds and reach a top speed of 100 mph.