As it sits mere months away from bringing its first solar EV to market, Lightyear is once again showcasing the potential of its Lightyear 0. Following a series of drag-coefficient tests in Germany under WLTP conditions, the Lightyear 0 SEV should hit the market as the most aerodynamic production car ever built. Its test numbers shatter a title held by GM’s EV1 dating back to the late ’90s.
Lightyear is a Dutch solar EV that has grown alongside Electrek over the years, and we’ve been able to track its progress toward bringing the first solar electric passenger car to market. That feat should be accomplished before year’s end, as Lightyear gears up for a limited production run of its flagship SEV, the Lightyear 0.
Up to this point, the Lightyear team has done an excellent job at keeping the public abreast of its progress in developing the Lightyear 0. This showcase has included prototype range testing in the summer of 2021, followed by durability testing and news of partnerships with companies like Sibros.
In January, Lightyear gathered more test data at Bridgestone’s European Proving Ground (EUPG) in Aprilia, Italy, which elicited conversations about it arriving as one of the most efficient passenger vehicles in the world.
We learned more details of the startup’s obsession with efficiency this past June, when we had the opportunity to test drive a near-production-ready version of the 0. At the time, the startup was claiming the 0 had a drag…