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EEVblog 1480 - Lightyear Zero Solar Powered Electric Car

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EEVblog:
Are solar powered electric cars viable? Let's look at the Lightyear Zero solar powered electric car and examine the claims. Can you get a useless extended range by adding solar panels to an electric car?
Dave just so happens to drive a solar powered electric car, so let's find out!




ataradov:
Imagine maintenance cost on this. All the exposed surfaces on the car are made out of glass.

Also, no rear view mirrors, so I assume they are relying on displays. This not not even legal in most places.

Bud:
Might work somewhere in Saudi Arabia ...
And what is the deal with the "vegan interior"  :wtf:

innis226:
How do these guys get funding? Don't Venture Capatalists have technical people of their own telling them this is just wankery?

tszaboo:
The price is so high because it is a limited production car. They make less than 1000, and it is probably already sold out.
They clearly are setting this car up as a gimmick, something like the Tesla roadster. That wasn't a viable car either, but it provided enough income for the company to build a real car like the model S (not a good one, but whatever). Probably they sit down, and figured they need 100M EUR to set up production.
Ridiculous, non-competitive price? Sure, but also the Toyota Mirai, a Ferrari, or a Spyker will have bad pricing, because it is not designed for that.
They are planning to launch the Lightyear 2, which is supposed to cost 30K EUR.
I wouldn't be surprised that a large chunk of the price is for TAX. The same car is 2/3rd the price just the other side of our border.

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