April 20, 2021

Lightyear appoints Philippe Humbrecht as Head of Project Management

Lightyear appoints Philippe Humbrecht as Head of Project Management 

Two former McLaren experts now part of the Lightyear team to achieve sustainable mobility

Helmond, April 16, 2021Lightyear, the high-tech company developing solar cars, has appointed Philippe Humbrecht as Head of Project Management . Previously, Humbrecht was Head of Program Office at McLaren Automotive. He will start in his new position in April.

With his appointment, Humbrecht brings more than twenty years of experience to the team at Lightyear. After a career at Renault, he moved from France to the United Kingdom to work for Lotus and McLaren, respectively. During his time in the UK, he launched and delivered the Exige V6 and four variants of the Sport Series and the award-winning 600LT among others. He then became responsible for project management for the MSO team, which is McLaren’s special projects division.

Efficient and sustainable mobility

His choice to move to Lightyear reflects the larger turning point in the mobility sector, according to Humbrecht. “I have had the privilege of launching the most exciting cars”, the new Head of Project Management  explains. “But the world around us is changing, and we have to change with it. Lightyear is working towards the chance to make a difference in efficient and sustainable mobility, now and in the future. That makes this step a logical choice for me.”

At Lightyear, Humbrecht will be responsible for the delivery of Lightyear One to the company’s customers. He will also support the development of the company while progressing towards the next high-volume series car. “The ultimate goal is to make clean mobility accessible to everyone”, he concludes enthusiastically.

Consistent growth

Along with Humbrecht, another expert from McLaren recently started at Lightyear. Edwin de Kreij, formerly Senior Hybrid & Vehicle Systems Engineer at McLaren, has been working at Lightyear as a Senior Systems Architect since 23 March.

“We are extremely proud to welcome these two exceptional strengths to our growing organisation”, says Maijke Receveur, Chief People & Processes Officer at Lightyear. "With these appointments, we can deploy the right knowledge and expertise to expand even further and offer new methods of sustainable mobility."

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About Lightyear

Lightyear is on a mission to make clean mobility available to everyone, everywhere. Lightyear aims to eliminate the two biggest concerns for electric cars - charging and range - with an energy-efficient design and integrated solar cells. This allows motorists, depending on the climate, to drive up to twenty thousand kilometers per year on the power of the sun. The fast-growing company was founded in 2016 and currently employs more than two hundred employees. The team is made up of a mix of young talent and experienced names from the automotive industry, including former employees of Tesla, Jaguar, Landrover, Audi, McLaren, and Ferrari. In 2019, Lightyear received the Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission, under grant agreement number 848620. In the summer of 2019, Lightyear launched its first driving prototype, Lightyear One, and opened a new office in the region of Brainport Eindhoven. The prestigious TIME Magazine acknowledged Lightyear One as one of the ‘100 best inventions’ of 2019. In 2020, Lightyear won the ‘Rising Star’ and ‘Most Disruptive Innovator’ Award of the Technology Fast 50 program organized by Deloitte. The first model of Lightyear One will go into production in the summer of 2022 as an exclusive car series.

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