July 29, 2021

Lightyear expands with a new location in Venray to produce solar roofs

Lightyear expands with a new location in Venray to produce solar roofs

Helmond, July 29, 2021 - Lightyear, the Dutch solar car pioneer, has found a production location to industrialize its solar cell technology and solar roofs. From the 1st of August, Lightyear will move into the Inalfa Roof Systems building in Venray, Limburg, The Netherlands. This will be an additional production facility, as the company headquarter remains in Helmond, Brabant, The Netherlands.

Lightyear’s patented technology of sunroofs is certified to automotive standards and has been developed specifically for series production. The decision of manufacturing solar roofs in-house is part of a strategic and distinctive part of its business model and an important part of its patent portfolio. Lightyear also gathered unique knowledge about the specific production process. The product meets strict validation requirements (including successfully completed crash-, heat- and vibration-tests) and is ready for industrialization and scale-up.

Meanwhile, Inalfa Roof Systems is the world's second-largest supplier of sliding and panoramic roofs for the automotive market. The company recently decided to move its production to Poland, freeing up office and production space. This space will be partly taken over by Lightyear.

“We are very pleased with this production location, in the Inalfa Roof Systems building, as there is a wealth of test equipment available,” says Hans Heijmans, Chief Operating Officer at Lightyear. “Inalfa has highly qualified automotive personnel, with many years of knowledge and experience with supply chains. Additionally, Lightyear can further collaborate with companies, schools, and universities in the region.”

Lightyear has the mission to make clean mobility available to everyone, everywhere, and is preparing for the industrialization and production of Lightyear One. This solar electric vehicle will offer a huge opportunity to change mobility, as it can be driven for months without recharging. The first model will go into production in the summer of 2022 as an exclusive series.

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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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