Dutch agency Lightyear on Thursday mentioned it has opened the waitlist for its second manufacturing mannequin, Lightyear 2, which is anticipated to begin manufacturing by the tip of 2025.
Lightyear 2 is a solar-powered electrical automobile (EV) that gives a driving vary of over 500 miles (805 km) between fees and is estimated to price beneath EUR/USD 40,000, the corporate says. The primary launch markets embody the US, the UK and the EU.
“By harnessing the power of the sun, Lightyear 2 elevates the electric driving experience and reduces reliance on strained electricity grids,” mentioned Lightyear chief government and co-founder Lex Hoefsloot. “In fact, while Lightyear 2 vehicles require less charging from the electricity grid than a conventional EV, they also flip the script by providing clean energy back into the grid,” added Hoefsloot.
Based on the announcement, Lightyear 2 has 21,000 pre-orders from worldwide leasing and journey sharing companions, LeasePlan, MyWheels, Arval and Athlon.
Lightyear launched a prototype in 2019. Its production-intent automobile, the Lightyear 0, was launched in June 2022 and began restricted manufacturing in November 2022. The following step is the high-volume mannequin Lightyear 2.
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