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The Lightyear One: The World’s First Long-Range Solar Powered Car

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05 July 2019 / 16:46MYT

Elon Musk’s Tesla cars may embrace the power of electricity, but Lightyear - a Dutch company pursuing automotive production with renewable energy - were hard at work to have their car harness the power of the strongest entity in our solar system: the sun. Okay, that sounded cool in a copywriting kind of way, but we all know solar energy is not entirely that great just yet. However, the Dutch company’s Lightyear One aims to convince you otherwise as it is claimed to be the world’s first long-range solar powered car in the EV market.

The Lightyear One offers a total of five square meters of integrated solar cells installed on the surface of the car itself and is protected under thick safety glass. Lightyear claims that, on a full charge, the vehicle can reach up to 800km of driving distance depending on where you drive, as well as your driving practices. On top of charging by solar energy, the Lightyear One also includes a built-in battery to store energy which can also be charged via a conventional EV power outlet. Other features include wireless doors, cameras for side and rear view (no rear window, by the way), and a touchscreen control panel on the dashboard.

The Lightyear One is currently debuting with a Pioneer Edition of 500 vehicles and is priced at a whopping USD 170,000 (~MYR 702,695) with a reservation price of USD 135,000. The mass produced model will ship much later in mid 2021 with an initial down payment of USD 21,000 (~MYR 558,022). Big numbers for a futuristic car, so if you’re feeling crazy enough to actually wanting to own one, you can reserve your very own Lighyear One on their official website.

The Lightyear One is currently debuting with a Pioneer Edition of 500 vehicles and is priced at a whopping USD 170,000 (~MYR 702,695) with a reservation price of USD 135,000. The mass produced model will ship much later in mid 2021 with an initial down payment of USD 21,000 (~MYR 558,022). Big numbers for a futuristic car, so if you’re feeling crazy enough to actually wanting to own one, you can reserve your very own Lighyear One on their official website.

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