September 30, 2022
Lightyear's solar-powered EV can go for months without being plugged in

Cate Lawrence is an Australian tech journo living in Berlin. She focuses on all things mobility: ebikes, autonomous vehicles, VTOL, smart ci (show all) Cate Lawrence is an Australian tech journo living in Berlin. She focuses on all things mobility: ebikes, autonomous vehicles, VTOL, smart cities, and the future of alternative energy sources like electric batteries, solar, and hydrogen.

Like many Australians, I think of solar energy when I think of powering the future. And this is becoming even more of a reality. Last night, solar EV company Lightyear unveiled Lightyear 0, the final design for their very first solar EV in a slick online global premiere. 

“There’s no hiding from it, access to charging stations will not keep up with the demand for electric cars. To minimize plug-charging and maximize range, the industry’s strategy, so far, has been to add batteries. That increases the carbon footprint of production and, in turn, boosts weight and the need for high-power charging stations.” 

By comparison, Lightfoot has been in the R&D trenches. The company has over 57 patents and $100 million in funding, and has focused on creating a vehicle that delivers more range with less battery usage

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