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World's first solar car threatens rival electric vehicles

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Posted: 14/06/22 - 13:22
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A Dutch company is starting deliveries of the world’s first commercial solar car this year, potentially ramping up competition in the auto industry’s race to net zero.

Lightyear, founded in 2016, is producing almost 1,000 of the primarily battery-powered models, fitted with curved solar panels across the roof and bonnet. The company claims power from the sun can contribute up to 44 miles to the vehicle’s 388-mile range per day.

Available to pre-order at a cost of $263,000 (£216,000), Lightyear 0 will allow short drives to be purely solar-powered during the sunniest months of the year.

I Call Bull: Nope it costs over 4 times the cost of a Tesla and can only manage a paltry 8.8 miles a day on solar charge in the UK so in no way a threat or even credible IMO

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17 days
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Typed a long reply. Phone had an episode and wiped it all. Long story short it's not a viable real world useage yet but as a concept it's a good start.
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This 'environmentally friendly' stuff is getting more crazy by the day
18 days
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Not at that price or with that range
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Still waiting on a big Hydrogen breakthrough to wipe out the electric car market