The production of Lightyear 0, the first solar-electric automobile in the world transitions from development to production as the first vehicles roll off Valmet Automotive’s Finland facility this year

The production of Lightyear 0, the first solar-electric automobile in the world, has begun at the Finnish plant of Valmet Automotive, a Dutch high-tech business. In the first quarter of 2023, the company intends to start with a weekly manufacturing rate of one automobile before progressively ramping it up, says Lightyear in a press release.

It is the first automaker to produce an electric car that draws its power straight from the sun. Lightyear has overcome a challenging phase for new automotive companies: entering the market with fresh technology, after six years of creating its innovations.

“We have hit many milestones in recent years, from major funding achievements to great partnerships. However, today is the most significant, and probably the most challenging, milestone we have reached so far,” remarks Lex Hoefsloot, CEO and Co-Founder of Lightyear. “Starting production of Lightyear 0, the first solar car, brings us a big step closer to our mission of clean mobility for everyone, everywhere. We may be the first to achieve this, but I certainly hope we aren’t the last.”

Having produced electric vehicles for more than 10 years and working with well-known automobile companies for more than 50 years, Lightyear’s production partner Valmet Automotive is a leader in the industry.

The company’s initial attempt to revolutionise the mobility industry is Lightyear 0; by developing an effective vehicle with a lower battery capacity (60kWh), Lightyear hopes to provide customers with the ability to forgo the grid and travel more sustainably.


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