The world’s first long-range solar electric vehicle went the distance, achieving an important technology milestone, according to Lex Hoefsloot, CEO and Co-founder, on the path to production in the first half of 2022.
Long-range solar-electric vehicle pioneer Lightyear has achieved a major technology performance milestone by driving 441 mi (710 km) with its Lightyear One prototype car. Never before has a production-intent electric vehicle (EV) driven such a long range on a relatively small battery, claims the company.
“After four years of hard work and in-house development, this is a very important engineering and technological milestone,” said Lex Hoefsloot, CEO and Co-founder of Lightyear. “It validates the performance of our patented technology and truly shows that we are able to deliver on our promise to introduce the most efficient electric vehicle.”
The prototype traveled over 440 mi with an energy consumption of only 137 W·h/mi at 53 mph (85 km/h).
“Even the most efficient electric cars in the market today consume around 50% more energy at this relatively low speed,” added Hoefsloot. “We are confident that in the coming months, we will be able to reach a similar level of energy consumption at highway speed.”
Lowering energy consumption per mile means that an EV can provide more range with a smaller battery. Partners helping in the efficiency effort are Bridgestone,