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Clean mobility for everyone, everywhere.

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Now more than ever, the environment and its preservation hang in the balance. Governments, companies, and individuals are turning to renewable energy sources to shape a more sustainable future, and cleaning up the automotive industry is a crucial step. But it takes a movement to achieve change – and we need your help to drive it.



Climate change

Climate change is accelerating. Landscapes of diverse flora and fauna are fading. Frozen forests and glaciers are disappearing, and fast. The earth is warming, and the automotive industry is a leading cause. But it's not too late to change it, and that's where our technology comes in.


A strained power grid

We're seeing a shift from fuel-burning cars to electric ones, with zero tailpipe emissions. That’s good news for the environment, but it’s not the full solution. Put simply, the existing power grid is strained and cannot support the increasing demand for electric cars. That’s why we need truly clean mobility.


Energy crisis

We’re experiencing an energy crisis. The electricity grid can’t meet the demands of electric vehicles, and global charging infrastructure leaves much to be desired. But there's sunlight at the end of the tunnel. Solar electric vehicles have the power to restore balance and relieve energy infrastructure.

Going off-grid

Electric vehicles don’t have to depend so heavily on plugs and sockets. Our cars harness clean, free and renewable energy from the sun. And instead of demanding more from the power grid, our technologies and design drastically reduce energy consumption. Less, suddenly becomes more. More time, energy and freedom to travel without range anxiety or the anchor of charging infrastructure.

Maximise solar yield

Lightyear transforms traditional mobility. By going back to the drawing board, we’ve developed a revolutionary car that can be charged by the sun. Goodbye, daily plug charges. With five square metres of solar panels that charge up to 70 kilometres of range per day, there’s no need to rely on charging stations. Our solar cells are encased in safety glass, and the sturdy solar roof and hood live up to rigorous auto industry regulation.

Minimise energy use

By dropping convention and following the laws of physics, Lightyear 0 gets the most out of every ray of sunlight and every joule. Drive beyond boundaries, with maximum efficiency Lightyear's drivetrain began with a blank slate and a radical focus on efficiency. Its design is truly unique. Four traction inverters and direct drive-in-wheel motors eliminate the need for energy draining components, such as gearbox and driveshafts. Our drivetrain is in pole position for the highest efficiency on the market.

9,460,000,000,000 kilometres
This is the number of kilometres that all cars combined drive in a single year. It’s a big number. In fact, it’s a light-year, powered by fossil fuels. Our goal is to accelerate the adoption of electric cars so that by 2035, we see the first light-year driven in solar kilometres by clean, scalable vehicles.

Sustainably built

5m² double-curved solar arrays
Recycled carbon fibre body panels

Vegan interior with naturally sourced materials
Ecological microfiber suede seats
Detailing made out of rattan palm
Thermal insulated particle foam

Turning the wheels of change

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About Lightyear

We design for independence and convenience. We create clean solar electric cars that can drive off-grid and into all of life's adventures.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 848620