More Power to Solar Power
Someday, if a genie pops out of a magic lamp and grants you one wish, which would it be?
If you opt for unlimited wealth or a big house, then honestly, this write-up won’t help you much.
For those who choose endless travel, welcome! Your wish has already been granted by the Lightyear 0 solar car.
On days when the scorching summers force everyone to stay at home, you’ll feel fortunate to own a Lightyear 0, blowing a flying kiss at the sun and setting out on a long journey without worrying about fuel prices or the availability of a petrol station along the way.
So what makes this solar car unique and powerful? Let’s have a look.
The Nitty Gritty of Solar Car (Lightyear Zero)
Lightyear, a Dutch startup dedicated to building extensible grid-independent solar electric vehicles, has unmasked its Lightyear 0 electric car. The car has solar panels sprawled across the roof, boot, and bonnet to enable charging while driving. How cool is that?
Five square metres of curved solar panels in total were incorporated into the Lightyear 0 car’s bonnet, tailgate, and roof, which will convert the solar radiation into electric power required for driving the vehicle. Lightyear Zero is powered by solar power and traditional electric charging. That being said, you will be able to drive across cities and recharge the car from sunlight simultaneously.
Lightyear intends to start the delivery phase soon as the manufacturing processes have almost reached the finish line. In Lightyear’s terms, “the world’s first production-ready vehicle” will be available for use in Europe by November 2022, at a price of €250,000 (£215,000).
“Through Lightyear 0, we are offering a new future for motorists who want the freedom of mobility with the peace of mind of sustainable energy, and that future starts now,” said the brand.
Lightyear 0 was formed after prolonged years of research and development, engineering, testing, designing, and prototyping. Studies estimate that the solar cells can append up to 70 kilometres a day to the vehicle’s 388-mile reach from traditional charging.
This eco-friendly car has a vegan interior, flaunting plant-based leather, wooden decor, and fabrics prepared from reprocessed PET bottles.
According to the Dutch startup, their new solar car, Lightyear Zero, can sustain through cloudy climates, providing an average transpose of 35 kilometres a day without plugging in for up to two months. While in sunnier place, Lightyear Zero can run for almost seven months without requiring a charging point.
Lightyear Zero proves to be a breakthrough in the solar vehicle industry. Its environmentally friendly ways will clearly have a favorable impact on our environment and its sustainability. Moreover, it could be used as a powerful tool to address the rising issue of global warming. Nonetheless, the price range is out of reach for certain sections of society. As a result, the average income group will prefer to stick to the local fuel-run commute. Therein lies the real problem. Let’s hope that Lightyear Zero someday makes an entry into ordinary households. Until then, fingers crossed!