Dutch firm releases ‘first solar car that travels 450 miles on single charge’

A DUTCH firm claims it has invented a solar car which can travel up to 450 miles on a single charge.

The Lightyear One has a bonnet and roof comprised of solar cells and also has a re-chargeable battery.

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The car can be recharged by solar power[/caption]

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Lightyear unveiled what it claims is the first solar car capable of travelling up to 450 miles on a single charge[/caption]

But it comes at a cost.

Customers who want to buy one of the first 500 cars will have to pay £106,000 to reserve one — and wait until 2021.

Lightyear boss Lex Hoefsloot said: “Climate change is one of the biggest problems humans have faced. As engineers, we believed we could do something.

“Lightyear One represents a huge opportunity to change mobility for the better. For centuries, we have lived in balance with nature.

The startup chief claims the creation of the car was influenced by the need to respond to climate change
Customers have to pay £106,000 to reserve one of the first 500 cars

“With the technologies of today, we have the opportunity to do so again.

“By starting from scratch and using the laws of nature as a guideline, nature becomes our greatest ally in developing ultra-efficient designs.

The prototype car is propelled by four independently driven wheels, which the firm says means no energy is lost in transit from the engine to the wheel.

It can also be charged using regular plug sockets as well as at charging stations.

The start-up confirmed the first 100 units of the Lightyear One have already been reserved, but 500 in total are to be produced initially.



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