Clean and convenient.
Lightyear One is the world's first long-range solar car. Announced in June 2019, the initial production run of 946 vehicles is scheduled to start in 2021. Reserve one now for €150,000.
Performance, cost, and options
Lightyear One is covered with 1,000 solar panels, capable of adding on average over 20 miles a day of range throughout most of its target market. The base model has a remarkable 450-mile battery range, exceeding that of even the Tesla Model S Long Range Plus. Four in-wheel motors (all-wheel drive) provide a total of just over 100 HP, saving weight and energy, with a 0 to 60 mph time of "less than" 10 seconds.
Priced at €150,000 plus taxes, standard features include a companion app, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a wireless charging pad, and armrests and cup holders (yes, as if those wouldn't be expected in a car at this price point!). The company anticipates being able to lower that price for future models as the car catches on and they ramp up production.
Currently, little information is available about other options which may be offered. We'll know more in time.
This model may not be right for you if...
Lightyear One is currently the only solar electric vehicle with seating for five that's capable of providing over half of the energy most drivers need directly from solar. However, it may not be right for you:
If you're not a resident of the EU, Norway, or Switzerland. While Lightyear hopes to expand to other markets at some point in the future, they are currently limiting distribution to the aforementioned locations. If you'd like to be notified if/when they do expand to your area, just drop us a note.
If you're on a budget. To reserve a vehicle, Lightyear requires a down payment of €150,000 (approximately $183,000 USD), which is the vehicle's purchase price excluding taxes.
If you really care about acceleration. The vehicle has a 0-60 mph time of "less than" 10 seconds, which for an electric vehicle is rather slow. In comparison, the Aptera goes 0-60 mph in as little as 3.5 seconds, and at a much lower price point. But it only seats two.
Lightyear is currently accepting reservations for the Lightyear One Exclusive Pioneer Edition, with delivery anticipated starting late 2021. Click the below Reserve Now button to leave Solar EV World and open the Lightyear reservation page.