With the democratization of electrical technology, we have seen countries hitherto absent from the car race emerge with promising manufacturers and brands. This is the case of Netherlands (the last special DAFs date from 1975) with the company Lightyear. This aims to develop high autonomy electric models. The first of them, the Lightyear 0, went into production this year. It displays a range of 650 kilometers, and is the brand’s technological laboratory. This is reflected in its price, the beauty being displayed at 250,000 euros. And limited to 1,000 copies. To become more accessible, Lightyear is already working on an “entry-level” model, accessible below the symbolic bar of 40,000 euros: the Lightyear 2.
Only a few months after its big sister, the 2 is already showing the tip of its nose! Lightyear reveals it in small touches in recent days. So that we can already get an idea of what it will look like. Appearance, the Lightyear 2 is a reduced 0. She resumes her silhouette cut way Fastback, with a plunging hood and flat side faces. the extension autonomy solar (integrated into the roof) is still on the program. The key word of this Lightyear 2 will be its autonomy. The young Dutch brand already talking about 800 kilometers! A feat, given the price as low as 40,000 euros . This should be made possible by a less powerful and therefore less greedy powertrain in energy than on model 0.
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For comparison, the Lightyear 0 has four electric motors, one per wheel. For a total power of 170 horsepower. The economy would like the Lightyear 2 to offer only one engine, placed directly on one of the axles. Nothing of the data sheet has been revealed so far, the few information gleaned here and there having been provided by Lightyear at the same time as the opening of pre-orders . The rare photos also suggest a reverse charging technology (V2L). It is the discrete reference « Power Output »next to the hatch that puts the chip in the ear on this technology. Which allows you to recharge any electrical device directly on the car. The Lightyear 2 is not not expected for commercialization before 2025the place being for the time being taken by its big sister Lightyear 0.
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