lightyear one is the world’s first long-range solar electric car

lightyear one is the world’s first long-range solar electric car

aiming to be the most sustainable vehicle on the market, the lightyear one is the world’s first long-range solar car. its sleek, elongated shape aims to ‘get the most out of every ray of sunshine’, with the hood and roof comprising five square meters of integrated solar cells covered in safety glass. by charging from the sun, the car offers an exceptional battery range of 725 km (450 miles).

all images courtesy of lightyear



this moment represents a new era of driving,said lex hoefsloot, CEO and co-founder of lightyear. ‘two years of dreaming, thinking and working hard have led to this milestone, which is a giant leap towards achieving our mission of making clean mobility available to everyone.


founded only in 2016, lightyear and their designers set out by following not convention but only the laws of physics. fast forward over two full years and the brand has revealed the first prototype, with over 100 vehicles already sold and set to go into production in 2021.



the car is constructed in an aerodynamic design made from high-technology materials to achieve a low weight and ulra-efficiency. this helps deliver its long battery range of 725 km. although ‘one’ is not reliant on a charging infrastructure as it is energized by solar power, the car can be charged at stations or regular outlets if required or encase of emergencies.





project info:


brand: lightyear

model: one

range: 750 km (450 miles)

price: €119,000 euros

  • Bucky Fuller would have loved it. Clean mobility for everyone with $135,000 ?

    Earl Simmins says:
  • Toyota’s solar paneled Prius gets a range extension of 44.5 km by solar energy which is much more realistic than covering a range of 725 km with this one. So lightyear’s cars CAN not only be charged at stations, they have to be charged there. But hey, they convinced at least 100 non-physicist…

    Peter says:

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