Lightyear halts production of its €250,000 solar EV to focus on its cheapest model

Lightyear halts production of its €250,000 solar EV to focus on its cheapest model

Netherlands-based manufacturer of solar electric vehicles, Lightyear, has announced that it will freeze production of its flagship model, the Lightyear 0, less than three months after going into production. As part of a “strategic restructuring”, the company will now focus on making Lightyear 2, priced at around €40,000. It is expected to go into production by the end of 2025.

The company’s journey has been a long and impressive one. From a student team in a solar vehicle competition, Lightyear morphed into a startup in 2016 and quickly put itself on the automotive map with the Lightyear 0. The solar EV featured exciting internal technology, which promised to be a game changer in a market niche. In addition, it had a prohibitive price: €250,000.

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