Solar-powered Lightyear 0 production halted to focus on more affordable Lightyear 2

January 27, 2023

The Lightyear 0 promised a solar skin that could give the EV up to 43 miles of range per day, a drag coefficient of 0.175 Cd, and a battery with the highest energy density of any production electric car. The innovative sedan, six years in the making, was also going to be wildly expensive at a time when automakers are starting to roll out affordable, everyday EVs to battle Tesla models head-on. The Dutch EV was going to start around $260,000, making it seem like an artifact from the early years of EV debuts. Despite this obvious market challenge, contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive began production of the sedan in Finland in early December at a rate of one car per week. “In order to safeguard our vision, we had to decide to redirect our focus and resources completely towards Lightyear 2,” the company said in a statement. Read original article here.

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