Lightyear One Concept Car

This is one for all those who suffer from range anxiety: the Lightyear One is a car that charges itself. Founded in 2016, Dutch manufacturer Lightyear is creating a buzz (geddit?) throughout the EV concept world with their self-charging long-range solar car. It’s still in the prototype phase, but even this has pedigree; Tesla and Ferrari engineers jumped ship to join this ground-breaking project of an “electric” car that harnesses the power of the sun. Hot. I know, we want to lease a One too, but they’re not here until 2021 (apparently), so you can either try putting wheels on your sun lounger now or you can take a look at the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. Have a look at the lease prices and then if you wanna chat just drop us a note or call us on 020 8012 8190.


Super-smart solar stuff
The One gets an electric motor in each wheel, and while everyone knows that this means all-wheel drive, what might be news is that it also means not a volt is lost on its way to powering those wheels. You use less electricity, and because there are five-square metres of solar cells integrated into the roof and bonnet, you can grab a free boost on the move just from driving in the sun. Around 30-40 miles of range on a summer’s day.


It’s huuuuuge inside
The Lightyear is looong – over five metres, and that means the long sweeping tail gives it low-drag like a Le Mans race car. But it also means there’s loads of space – room for five adults to lounge about inside and more boot space than an army locker room at 780 litres, over 200 litres up on a BMW 5-series estate with the rear seats up (although both have 1700 litres with them folded). Yeah, the boxy BMW shape’s a bit more practical, but just tell us the Lightyear One isn’t cooler.


Insane range
On a cloudy day you can charge the Lightyear One on a fast-charger, bagging more than 350 miles of eco-friendly driving in just an hour. And if you’ve more time on your hands or just chilling out, a full charge can last an incredible 450 miles. Drain the battery entirely and the solar panels will eventually harvest enough sun-juice to get to the next charge station.