The Dutch company Lightyear has launched its first family car with solar modules. The West-Flemish Lowie Vermeersch designed the worldwide scoop.
Anyone who wanted to experience the launch of the first family car powered by solar energy had to get up early on Tuesday morning. In the Dutch town of Katwijk, near The Hague, the Lightyear One was officially presented at sunrise around 5:30 am.
The company Lightyear was founded by five former students of the Technical University of Eindhoven. They participated in the World Solar Challenge in 2013, in which futuristic solar cars race 3.000 kilometers through Australia. The students dreamed of a real family car that runs on energy from the sun.
The result, the Lightyear One, is actually an electric car with batteries. But solar modules on the roof charge the batteries during the day. “Belgians drive an average of 30 to 40 kilometers per day,” says Martijn Lammers, co-founder and chief strategist of Lightyear. “On most days you get more energy from the sun than you need for the car.”
Source: Tijd.be, 25 June 2019