History

Lightyear was founded by 5 Solar Team Eindhoven alumni. With Solar Team Eindhoven, we built the revolutionary solar cars, Stella & Stella Lux. Both cars are 4 seaters, road legal, solar powered and built to win the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge® Cruiser Class.

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2013

Stella

This documentary tells the story of 20 young students doing everything they can to make their dream come true. It begins with the exciting first ideas and ends with the mighty Bridgestone World Solar Challenge® and the world’s first solar-powered family car. After it coursed 3021 kilometres across one of the most remote places on earth, Stella was awarded the Best Technology Achievement Crunchie award.

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2015

Stella wins a Crunchie

In San Francisco, Stella wins a TechCrunch Crunchie for Best Technology achievement beating Apple, SpaceX and Blockchain. Photo by Max Morse for TechCrunch.

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2015

Stella Lux

This is the story of the second team, improving upon the world’s first solar-powered family car. Their groundbreaking achievements include the unprecedented 1500 kilometre journey on a single charge. At the end of the long road, their World Solar Challenge® championship title was secured once again.

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2016

Lightyear was founded


From left to right: Lex Hoefsloot, Arjo van der Ham, Martijn Lammers, Qurein Biewenga and Koen van Ham.

Lightyear was founded by 5 Solar Team Eindhoven alumni. After being started at the kitchen tabl of Lex & Koen’s apartment, Lightyear quickly moved to an office in Eindhoven.
Photo by: Bart van Overbeeke

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2016

Lightyear Investor Cafe

Lightyear organised a series of events to present their plans and gather the first ambassadors and funds to continue to accelerate Lightyear’s ambitions.

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2017

Public Launch

Lightyear officially launches their plans to the public, immediately gathering attention from all over the world. The first reservations for The Lightyear One were placed.

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2017

Moved to The Automotive Campus


Lightyear moved to the Automotive Campus. A place with a lot of automotive heritage and a strong collection of automotive companies to further support Lightyear’s growth.

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2017

Finals of the Postcode Lottery Greenchallenge

Lightyear made it to the finals of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. Winning a prize of €100,000 and help from, among others, Rockstart and Erik Hiep to grow the business further.

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2018

CES Climate Change Innovator Award

At CES in Las Vegas, Lightyear wins a Climate Change Innovator Award for the huge potential to reduce the emission of CO2.

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2018

Moved to 1000 square meter office

With over 40 people working at Lightyear, the much-needed space to get the most out of the Lightyear team was created. A large, open space with plenty of room to collaborate, discuss and prototype will Lightyear a solid foundation to grow

2018

Completed Series A funding round

In April 2018, Lightyear successfully closed its planned series A funding round in just 1,5 months. This financing allows Lightyear to further develop The Lightyear One.

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