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.
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 kilometers across one of the most remote places on Earth, Stella was awarded the Best Technology Achievement Crunchie award.
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.
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 kilometer journey on a single charge. At the end of the long road, their World Solar Challenge® championship title was secured once again.
Lightyear is founded
From left to right: Lex Hoefsloot, Arjo van der Ham, Martijn Lammers, Qurein Biewenga and Koen van Ham.
Lightyear is founded by 5 Solar Team Eindhoven alumni. After being started at the kitchen table of Lex & Koen’s apartment, Lightyear quickly moved to an office in Eindhoven.
Photo by: Bart van Overbeeke
Lightyear Investor Cafe
Lightyear organises a series of events to present their plans and gather the first ambassadors and funds to continue to accelerate Lightyear’s ambitions.
Lightyear officially launches their plans to the public, immediately gathering attention from all over the world. The first reservations for The Lightyear One are placed.
Move to The Automotive Campus
Lightyear moves 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.
Finals of the Postcode Lottery Greenchallenge
Lightyear makes 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.
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.
Move to 1000 square meter office
With over 40 people working at Lightyear, the much-needed space to get the most out of our team is created. A large, open space with plenty of room to collaborate, discuss and prototype gives Lightyear a solid foundation to grow.
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.
Design Unveiling of Lightyear One
September saw the private Design Unveiling of Lightyear One. After months of preparations, the two-day event gave ambassadors and pioneers, friends and family, a first look at the real size model of Lightyear One. Besides displaying Lightyear’s first model, they also presented the first physical solar roof and chassis prototypes.
50 Lightyear One's sold
In November Lightyear reached an impressive milestone of 50 Lightyear One’s sold. Lightyear its Ambassadors talk about what their first Lightyear One trip will be.