Lightyear in 5,000 solar car manage car-sharing platform

Apr 21, 2022 03:16 PM ET
  • Dutch solar car company Lightyear has actually announced a partnership that will certainly see 5,000 Lightyear solar EVs to car-sharing platform MyWheels, with the initial cars to be offered following year.
Lightyear in 5,000 solar car manage car-sharing platform
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Lightyear, which is developing the world's first long-distance solar car, and The Sharing Group will provide 5,000 Lightyear 2 solar cars beginning in 2025 to the marketplace leader in the field of common cars in the Netherlands, MyWheels.

Lightyear's first solar EV, the Lightyear One, will certainly be offered on the MyWheels platform beginning in 2023.

" The future of mobility is not practically the vehicle itself, yet additionally concerning the means we use it. The car-sharing principle is an example of exactly how the marketplace is advancing to find brand-new, much more sustainable methods to keep individuals mobile without owning a car of their very own," claimed Lex Hoefsloot, co-founder as well as chief executive officer of Lightyear.

" By using Lightyears through a car-sharing solution like MyWheels, we can fulfill our mission quicker and also much more successfully. This partnership is an interesting action in the direction of a cleaner future, as well as we are proud to join forces with MyWheels and also The Sharing Group."

Lightyear earlier this year stated the reduced power intake of its Lightyear One prototype had been validated with a recorded energy intake of 141Wh per kilometre on a 10-degree day in Italy, which led to a 400km drive utilizing a battery capacity of 60kWh as well as driving at 130km/hr.

This validation built on a previous examination drive in July 2021 when the car was driven at 85km/hr for 9 hrs right over a distance of 710km-- at the time, the lengthiest distance any type of car had actually driven on a 60kWh battery.

Lightyear is just planning to build a restricted number of its Lightyear One solar EV, having actually revealed a production run of 946 to be constructed in the 2nd half of this year, yet the car will nevertheless be contributed to the MyWheels car-sharing platform.

The Lightyear Two, nonetheless, will be the firm's mass-market manufacturing design which is set to go to market in 2024/25 with a beginning price of EUR30,000.

In late 2021 Lightyear authorized a deal with Dutch automotive leasing and fleet monitoring firm LeasePlan to provide 5,000 2's under subscription strategies as soon as 2024.

" MyWheels is investing greatly in electrification as well as now greater than 50% of the shared car fleet is electric," claimed Karina Tiekstra, Chief Executive Officer of MyWheels.

" With the arrival of Lightyear on the platform, we let our users experience the future of mobility. An excellent step in our mission to keep the Netherlands mobile with 1 million cars."



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