Our strategy is following our mission
We have big ambitions that stretch as far as every corner of the earth. To make clean mobility accessible to everyone, everywhere. We'll pave the way with a first, low volume series. The first series proves our revolutionary car, showing the world just how far clean solar kilometres can take us. Delivering the first highly-efficient solar car is a critical step - but we're honest - it won't create the environmental impact we're aiming for. But it will lay inroads for it to follow.arrow
Let us introduce ourselves
Through innovation, dedication, and daring, we are shaping the future. Our idea is simple. To offer clean, renewable mobility for all. To make this a reality, we must overcome countless obstacles. But at Lightyear, we think differently. We work to create our own solutions.
An idea born from a finish line
Global premiere of Lightyear 0
Lightyear produces the world's most efficient electric car to date
LeasePlan reserves 5,000 Lightyear 2 cars to add to their fleet
Lightyear reaches $110M (€93M) funding milestone in 2021 YTD
The first performance test with Lightyear Validation Prototype is conducted
We reveal our first-ever validation prototype, paving the way for real-life testing.
Lightyear successfully closes $45M funding round
TRL 7 is achieved. Our Vehicle Performance Model (VPM) is finetuned and we start developing Lightyear 2.
Our first Lightyear Research Vehicles hit the road
We’re awarded TIME Best Inventions
We set records with the Lightyear One prototype as the most aerodynamic family car ever.
We show the world what a future of clean mobility looks like by unveiling our Lightyear One prototype.
We mature. Our first patents are filed.
We share our vision with the world, publicly launch the Lightyear brand, and secure our first Lightyear reservation.
Idea becomes reality: Lightyear is officially founded and incorporated.
Eindhoven defends its title by winning the World Solar Challenge again with Stella Lux.
Lightyear in Numbers
Founded in September
Employees incl. interns
World solar championships
Media coverage (global reach)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Arjo van Ham
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Koen van Ham
Our advisors provide valuable advice within their areas of expertise, as well as help us connect to their network.
Partner at Wilson Sonsini
President Institute for Photonic Integration TU/e
Design Director of Pininfarina
Camilla van den Boom
Strategy Director at Sturm
Former Director of Global EV Charging at Tesla
Floris van de Klashorst
Former Senior VP Mobility Services at VW Group and VP Connected Driving at HERE
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We design for independence and convenience. We create clean solar electric cars that can drive off-grid and into all of life's adventures.