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  • 31-Aug-2017

Lightyear

Abstract

At the current rate, only 3% of the people have access to the infrastructure to be able to charge an electric car. What if we can make an electric car that already works anywhere and is powered by renewable energy?

The Lightyear One is the electric car that charges itself with sunlight and can be driven for months without additional charging. This a real game changer for zero emission mobility: it enables people to drive electric anywhere in the world, effortlessly. Weight-saving features are combined with a solar roof in order to greatly improve the range of the car, depending on your chosen configuration it can drive 400 or 800 km's purely on it's battery. Next to that, all the additional solar yield amounts up to around 22.000 km's yearly in India, around 10.000 km's in Amsterdam and 18.000 in Silicon Valley. All these km's are a result from the solar energy that falls on your roof everyday and will be directly stored in the battery; totally for free.

Lightyear is a spin-off of from the Solar Team Eindhoven that built two award-winning family solar car prototypes. Both these cars are energy positive meaning they produce more energy than they use. Based on the knowledge from the past 5 years and together with leading industry partners, Lightyear is now bringing the solar car to the market.

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Who is your customer?

Early adopters as well as people that want to drive electric but currently don't find it sustainable enough or find the range to be too limited. Next to that we also get interest from a lot of companies that have a sustainable image or want to green their fleet of cars. Another big group is that of self-made entrepreneurs that support our mission.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

We solve two problems; one that of lacking charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and number two is the limited range within the current small numbers of electric vehicles to chose from.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Our biggest attribute is the energy efficiency of the car. This is combined with solar cells on the roof as well as hood of the car with an optimized energy yield. This combination make the concept succesfull as it enables people to drive electric anywhere and greatly reduce the energy needs from an electricity grid making them far less dependent.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Lightyear is a spin-off from the two times world champion Solar Team Eindhoven. They've also received a Tech Crunchie award for their concept. Their 5 year experience on this subject is great competitive advantage as well as our basis in the Eindhoven region; we have access to a lot of great talent and Automotive companies. From the Solar Team we've already built meaningful relations and experience with a lot of partner companies that will help us to succeed. Also, we have a very strong tie to the Eindhoven University of Technology as well as still with the Solar Team so we can be sure of a continuous 'supply' of the best talents.