Today, Lightyear presented the promising prototype Lightyear One in the Theater Hangaar. The model is the first prototype of a five-door family car powered by solar energy. Lightyear presented an estimated range of around 725 kilometres. This applies to a normal driving mode in cloudy weather.
Two alumni of the Vattenfall Solar Team, Annemiek Koers and Jorden Steenbeek, have worked on the development of the new Lightyear. Annemiek was an aerodynamic engineer of Nuna7 in 2013 and was a driver in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia that same year. Jorden also held the position of aerodynamicist within the Vattenfall Solar Team during the development of Nuna8 in 2015.
Lightyear was founded by alumni of Solar Team Eindhoven, but quickly other alumni from the different solar teams of the Netherlands joined to work together for the company that presented their first prototype today. During a year in a solar team, the students gain a lot of experience, which will be very useful in their later careers in the development of sustainable technology.
Photo: Left Annemiek Koers and right Jorden Steenbeek.