Lightyear One SEV to be manufactured by Valmet Automotive in Finland
Dutch EV startup Lightyear has announced that its solar electric vehicle (SEV), dubbed the Lightyear One, will be manufactured by Valmet Automotive in Finland. Based in the Netherlands, Lightyear specializes in SEVs. It claims that the Lightyear One SEV will offer a range of around 450 miles on a fully charged 60 kWh battery pack.
The claims garnered some early skepticism from industry experts as well as members of the public as the startup has produced only a few prototypes.
Despite the early skepticism and some negative reviews, the Dutch startup has since enjoyed massive rounds of funding. It even signed deals with some big automotive brands like Bridgestone for custom tires for its upcoming Lightyear One SEV. Most recently, the Lightyear One delivered a consistent range of 441 miles using its 60 kWh battery pack. It also gathered nearly 3.5 additional kWh from its massive solar panel.
With the help of its production partner Valmet Automotive, the startup aims to enable its SEV to achieve its aforementioned targeted range. It has also announced that it expects its production partner to produce a limited number of the Lightyear One SEV in 2022.
Lex Hoefsloot, CEO and co-founder of Lightyear, aid, “We are really excited to have found a production partner with whom we will manufacture this exclusive model. Valmet Automotive is a great partner, has a well-established track record and over a decade of experience in EV production.”
Valmet Automotive has more than 50 years of experience. It has worked with a number of high-end automotive brands, including Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. It has been developing and producing EVs for the last many years. In addition to producing EVs, the contract manufacturer owns and operates its own battery manufacturing facility in Finland.
As per the Dutch startup’s claims, the Lightyear One will have all wheel drivetrain offering a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). Total torque has been pegged at 885 lb-ft. Its 60.0-kWh battery pack will use Type 2 or Combo 2 (CCS) charger to get recharged. Using 22 kW AC charger, it will take 3 hours and 15 minutes to get fully recharged. Fast charging using 75 kW AC charger will, however, take only 44 minutes to fully replenish the battery. Port will be located on the right side of the rear of the vehicle. However, all the aforementioned specifications are just estimates.
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