Belgian designs first solar powered family car

25.06.2019 - Editorial

The Dutch company Lightyear has launched its first family car with solar panels, designed by Belgian designer Lowie Vermeersch. The « Lightyear One » was officially presented at sunrise on Tuesday, 25 June 2019.  

Belgian designs first solar powered family car
Belgian designs first solar powered family car

Lightyear offers a solution for people who are afraid of the low autonomy of an e-car or the lack of charging poles. This electric car also has batteries but solar panels on the roof charge the batteries during the day. It reaches a distance of 725 kilometres according to the test procedure. The Lightyear One also drives when the sun is not shining.

Belgian designs first solar powered family car
Belgian designs first solar powered family car

The West-Flemish Lowie Vermeersch, designed the first model of Lightyear. He is the Founder and Creative Director of GranStudio in Turin, Italy. Granstudio is one of the most forward thinking design studios in the automotive world. Previously, he held the position of Design Director at Pininfarina. In 2010, Automobile Magazine ranked him number 12 in the list of "World's 25 Most Influential Car Designers".

Belgian designs first solar powered family car

For Lightyear One his biggest challenge was to find a balance between the performance, aerodynamics and the square meters of solar panels while remaining an aesthetic, pleasing to the eye. That's why the designer shifted the electric motors to the four wheels, which benefits the aerodynamics.

Belgian designs first solar powered family car

Lightyear is making its first limited edition model, with 1,500 cars a year at its headquarters in Helmond. For the time being, Lightyear has already sold 100 units. The Lightyear One costs 119,000 euros excluding VAT. While manufacturers launch electric or hybrid cars one after the other, the market for solar cars is limited.

Belgian designs first solar powered family car

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