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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

Lightyear 2 transforms traditional mobility. By going back to the drawing board, we’ve developed a revolutionary car that can be charged by the sun, as well as regular household plugs. Less suddenly becomes more. More time, energy and freedom to travel without range anxiety and charging infrastructure dependence.

Maximise solar yield

With its five square metres of solar panels charging up to 70 kilometres of range per day, there is no need to charge on a daily basis: the car does it itself. Comprising solar cells encased in safety glass, the sturdy solar roof and hood live up to rigorous auto industry regulation.

Minimise energy use

By following not convention, but the laws of physics, Lightyear 2 gets the most out of every ray of sunlight and every joule. Its energy use of only 110 wh per kilometre on the WLTP cycle enables it to reach a range of 625 kilometres (excluding 70 kilometres maximum additional solar range per day).

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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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