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Developing the electric car that charges itself: Lightyear One

Project description

The first commercial solar-powered electric car

The idea of electric vehicles powered by solar cells is gaining momentum, but most have been built for solar car races. With EU funding of the LIGHTYEAR project, a Dutch start-up is taking the idea to a new level by planning to get its newly designed solar-powered car – Lightyear One – to the commercial stage. Lightyear One will be the first commercially available electric solar car in the world that charges itself with sunlight. By using four in-wheel motors, and advanced aerodynamics with lightweight materials, drivers will be able to travel for weeks or even months without worrying about the availability of a charging infrastructure. The Dutch company hopes to build 10 such cars in 2020 and start serial production from 2021.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aeronautical engineering
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

SME-2 - SME instrument phase 2


Automotive Campus 30
5708 JZ Helmond
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 2 499 350