Lightyear suspends production of the Lightyear 0
The Dutch solar car start-up Lightyear has stopped production of its first model Lightyear 0 and now wants to focus its resources entirely on the second model Lightyear 2. However, there is more behind this step than strategic reorientation.
Sono to source more components from Continental
The Munich-based solar car developer Sono Motors has expanded its cooperation with Continental. The vehicles for the current series validation of the Sion are to use further components from the supplier from Hanover, also surrounding the vehicle’s battery.
Solar EV startup Lightyear raises €81 million in funding
Lightyear has raised €81Mn in funding to secure the production of the first series model, Lightyear 0. The Dutch start-up also hopes to push ahead with developing its second solar car, the Lightyear 2. The new EV will target the mass market at a price of €30,000 once production begins in 2024 or 2025.
E-bike rider modifies bike with solar trailer
This DIY e-bike with solar trailer delivers 1,500 Watt and doubles as family car. The e-bike fan used the cargo e-bike ‘Rad Power Bikes RadWagon 4’ and upgraded the drive and tech. The finishing touch was the 50W solar panel on top of the cargo hold.
Sono Motors presents the final series design of the Sion
The Munich-based solar car developer Sono Motors has presented the series design of its Sion solar electric car. This only concerns the design of the body and the interior – nothing has changed in the specifications for the technology. Production is scheduled to start in the second half of 2023.
A real solar car developed in China
In China, 42 companies and three universities have developed an electric car that runs exclusively on solar energy. The small electric car has 8.1 square metres of solar panels that can generate up to 7.6 kWh of electricity on a sunny day. A range of 74.8 kilometres was reportedly tested.
Lightyear Two to launch for less than €30,000
The solar car start-up Lightyear has revealed further data on its already announced second model. The new model, with which Lightyear is targeting the mass market and whose production is to begin in 2024 or 2025, will be called Lightyear Two and is to be offered from as little as 30,000 euros.