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Lightyear One, historical autonomy record for a solar car

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ACD avatar ACD July 29, 2021

The Lightyear One solar car has traveled 710 km in electric mode, a record range not achieved by any conventional electric vehicle.

On some occasion we have told you about promising Lightyear One, one of the few solar cars that exist and one of the most likely to operate commercially at the moment.

Now, this car of Dutch origin has broken the record for the distance traveled by an electric vehicle on a single battery charge. At a speed of 85 kilometers per hour, the Lightyear One was driven for almost nine hours straight, traveling a total of 710 kilometers.

Nine hours of driving at 85 km / h

The first prototype of the Lightyear One was unveiled just two years ago and now, as part of the first validation test of the vehicle, it has managed to set an impressive record for the distance traveled on a single battery charge. Those responsible for the Dutch project point out that even the most efficient electric vehicles on the market today consume around 50 percent more energy than the Lightyear One, even at the relatively low speed of 85 kilometers per hour.

“Reducing the energy consumption per kilometer of an electric vehicle guarantees that a lot of autonomy can be offered with a small battery”, they explain from the company. “As batteries are the most expensive part of an electric vehicle, this means that in the future, we will be able to scale to affordable electric cars with a long range«.

Solar cars, closer than we think

Founded in 2016, Lightyear is working on the development of an electric car that can travel long distances on a single charge. Lightyear One is designed with five solar panels, so the driver can travel for months without having to load his vehicle.

Anyone interested in acquiring one can now reserve their own unit through their website with a purchase price of 150,000 euros (without taxes), being the middle of 2022 the expected date for the first deliveries to final customers.

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