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Dutch company Lightyear has opened the consumer waiting list for the Lightyear 2, its affordable solar-powered electric car. Already 21,000 pre-orders have been placed by international leasing and ride-sharing partners, including LeasePlan, MyWheels, Arval and Athlon.
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Research by Ernst&Young shows that 52 per cent of car buyers are considering buying an electric vehicle, but come up against barriers such as low driving range, price, not owning a home charger and the limited number of public charging stations. Using more and heavier batteries for greater driving range leads to higher weight, price and emissions. Lightyear’s hyper-efficient solar car offers a solution to this. Thanks to its integrated layer of solar cells, it achieves a range of more than 800 kilometres and half the CO₂ emissions of other electric cars.

Lex Hoefsloot, CEO and co-founder of Lightyear said, “Through the efficient use of sunlight, the Lightyear 2 takes the electric driving experience to the next level, while at the same time reducing dependence on already overburdened electricity grids. On the contrary, as the car even delivers clean energy to the grid.”

However, some patience is still required. Production of Lightyear 2 will not start until late 2025. The car will first be launched in the US, UK and EU. The estimated price is less than €40,000.

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