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About Lightyear

Lightyear is a high-tech company developing long-range solar electric vehicles. Founded in 2016 by world champion solar car racers from the Eindhoven University of Technology, and backed by industry veterans, it is our mission to provide clean mobility for everyone, everywhere.

The problem

Already 30-50% of consumers today consider buying an electric vehicle, but the conversion rate remains low due to multiple (perceived) barriers. The automotive industry’s strategy so far has been to add more batteries in order to deliver more range, leading to increased weight, the need for high power charging stations, and increased CO2 emissions per vehicle. This need for a high power charging station is the reason why the adoption of electric vehicles is heavily constrained by the development of charging infrastructure.

Our solution

We do the exact opposite, with our technology, any regular power outlet in the world becomes a charging station. Our radical focus on energy efficiency delivers more range with less battery, reducing weight and CO2 emissions per vehicle. Combined with an optimised solar roof, this allows a user to drive for weeks or months without charging.

Our approach is unique in the EV landscape and sets us apart from other native EV builders. Due to the reduced need for charging stations, Lightyear offers a solution that can be adopted worldwide already and can therefore scale much faster than current EVs. We can address large parts of the global EV market, years before any other car manufacturer.

Our product strategy and proprietary technology

We focus on in-house development of the components that are essential to deliver a long-range solar electric vehicle with a convenient user experience. Our ultra-efficient EV platform has a unique architecture, enabled by the use of lightweight in-wheel motors.

Components developed by Lightyear and protected by IP include:

  • Powertrain including in-wheel motors and inverters
  • Thermal management system
  • Solar roof and solar electronics
  • Software architecture and user interface

Development of components such as the battery pack, Body in White and chassis is done in collaboration with engineering partners, integrated in our unique Lightyear architecture. Production of the components and final assembly of Lightyear’s vehicles is outsourced to highly specialised partners, solar roof excepted.

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Invest in Lightyear

Every cause requires energy and commitment to become reality. People drive the change, funding enables it. United with one goal, Lightyear and its investors together can accelerate the transition to clean mobility for everyone, everywhere by a decade.

The current convertible investment round is closed. A new round will open in the near future. If you leave your information below, we will assist you with more information.


Lightyear is backed by a large group of driven investors. In addition to institutional investors, the commitment of angel investors enables us to continuously grow our team and company. Become part of our story by joining as an investor. We welcome investments (EU, Swiss and Norwegian citizenships only) starting from €100.000. You will participate through a convertible loan that converts into certificates of shares, including accrued interest and with a discount on the share price. You will support the developments needed to get our solar vehicles to the road, while benefiting from the value-growth of the company.

We are excited to welcome new pioneers to become part of our story. Contact us for more information.

Invest + Drive

When investing a minimum of €150.000 you will be provided the unique opportunity to convert your investment into one of the Lightyear Exclusive vehicles. The Lightyear Exclusive series will be a limited edition of 946 cars - as a reference to a fraction of a lightyear, 9.46 billion kilometers. We offer you the flexibility to make your purchase final at the start of production and to optionally pay for your car in shares. This option is a reservation in the form of an investment. You will not merely enable the clean mobility development but also become one of the very first to own and drive a Lightyear solar vehicle.

Equity investment

Do you represent a VC, (institutional) fund and/or family office? For information about equity investment opportunities, please fill out this form and our team will contact you.