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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Dutch carmakers, Lightyear unveil world's first solar car, runs off energy from the sun

It is surely a goodbye for petroleum and crude products! Solar cars have been unveiled, this is even more audacious than electric cars. Can you imagine having solar cars in Nigeria? Nigeria is one of the hottest nations on earth and the scorching heat from the sun is responsible for the hotness. There are cars that can use the heat from the sun to operate, no need for petrol! Can you even imagine what this means? There is a chance that electric generators could be invented to use Solar energy! this is all incredible stuffs!

The Lightyear One was unveiled on Tuesday priced at €149,000 - around £134,000. Customers who want to secure one of the first 500 'pioneer' examples with need to pay a reservation fee of €119,000 (£106,166).

The car, which has five square metres of solar panels on the roof and bonnet, is claimed to have a range of 725 kilometres (450 miles) from a full charge of the relatively small battery powering the vehicle.

With Department for Transport calculating that the average motorist covers 7,134 miles annually, it means Britons could drive all-year-round for free – granted the sun comes out for long enough to charge the One’s battery.

At the launch event in Katwijk, Holland, bosses revealed key pieces of information about the solar car that's due to be delivered to owners in 2021.

They said it can be charged directly from the sun, which can generate a maximum of 20,000km worth of free energy per year.

But it can also be charged from existing electric vehicle plug-in points while it's also boosting the batteries using its solar panels, effectively charging much faster than traditional EVs already on the market.

An overnight charge from a 230-volt socket will provide customers with 400km of range, around 250 miles.

Lex Hoefsloot, ceo and co-founder of Lightyear said the car 'represents a new era of driving'.

Two years of dreaming, thinking and working hard have led to this milestone, which is a giant leap towards achieving our mission of making clean mobility available to everyone.'

Lightyear was founded in 2016 by the Solar Team Eindhoven, which won the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

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