Lightyear’s solar car prototype drives 710 km on a single battery charge

Dutch solar electric car company Lightyear's solar car prototype drives 710 km on a single battery charge. Energy consumption was only 85 Wh/km at 85 km per hour. »The performance truly shows that we are able to deliver on our promise to introduce the most efficient electric vehicle,« says Lex Hoefsloot, CEO and co-founder of Lightyear. »Even the most efficient electric cars in the market today consume around 50 percent more energy at this relatively low speed.«
The company is »confident that in the coming months we will be able to reach a similar level of energy consumption at highway speed.« Lowering the energy consumption per mile of an EV »means that you can provide a lot of range on a small battery.«
The prototype car has been tested at the Aldenhoven Testing Center in Germany, to drive a full cycle at a speed of 85 km per hour on a single battery charge of 60 kWh. An exclusive series of 946 Lightyear One’s will go into production in the first half of 2022. Lightyear wants to address the mass market starting from 2024.

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