Lightyear One solar powered electric car – exclusive first look | Fully Charged

Lightyear One solar powered electric car – exclusive first look | Fully Charged


Hello and welcome to Fully Charged. Now
we do get to go to some amazing places to see incredible new cars, bikes,
inventions, renewable energy stuff… generally we’re in kind of big
industrial estates or disused airfields or on the city street and it’s really
busy today we’ve come somewhere slightly more salubrious. What we’re seeing here
is very exciting I think. This is a startup company in the Netherlands
they’re called Lightyear and they’re just about to start testing the very
first time it will ever be driving under its own power:
the Lightyear car. It is absolutely extraordinary it’s a luxury saloon car
it is partially solar powered as you can see that the roof and the bonnet
everything is covered in amazingly efficient solar panels in it what
they’ve gone for is energy efficiency this is a hyper efficient luxury saloon
car the first model that they’re making. They are an extraordinary company, people
from all over the world… people who’ve worked at JLR, Porsche,
Tesla…. loads of nationalities which is a help for us because they all speak
English to each other. It’s absolutely amazing what they’re doing and they’re
just about to start driving it. Oooh! I’m quite excited! So Lex, I want to start with what I
understand the legacy of what you’ve created here. Solar team Eindhoven that
took part in the Darwin to Adelaide solar car race many times…
Yeah definitely
… and kept winning it. Yeah that was the starting point… six/seven years ago we basically built the
first four seater solar car And there had been a lot of solar cars right, but only for one person. Basically looking at the raw
physics and seeing what technology is out there to use, we realized
that it was possible so we did that. We participated in the competition in
Australia and drove 3,000 kilometers from Darwin to Adelaide and we actually
managed to not only finish… That’s the most important thing!
…but actually win the World Solar Challenge 2013. And from that, things started rolling. So the challenge is basically a big playground
to experience the technologies and all kinds of parameters. I think it’s important to point out that you when you won that you were winning against little known
companies like Honda…
Haha! …who probably got some funding! So Tessie this is a very exciting moment
I think they’re about to move… Can you tell us what the interest is from
the public is there so some people they haven’t seen this car but they know what
you’re doing they’ve seen the mock-up yeah yeah yeah and we get quite some
interest but indeed it’s it’s easier if you have something to show ya but Rick
taking into account that we weren’t able to show that much I think we’ve gained a
lot of interest also a lot of questions because of course people have doubts
will to be a battery in it will it work at night all this stuff so we have a lot
of explaining to do but yeah considering all this I am quite
surprised and very happy to see that we have over a hundred pre reservations
already which for a completely new car with a lot of new technology in it is
it’s a big risk for people in a sense for the customers because they don’t
know no one knows no one knows yeah so they even make a pretty big down payment
as well right so you see the trust and people it’s really high probably also
has to do with the World Solar Challenge and yes being and people really see this
as the next step of electric field goals so they really want to see this
happening yeah some people buy the car but I don’t care about the car they want
to support our mission yes which is great so can you give us the sort of
rudimentary background to this it’s quite big yeah so the DNA of the company
is it’s quite different from a lot of other companies we really we realized
that kind of efficiency is magical all right the efficiency helps in so many
ways not only to reduce energy consumption then also use small
batteries you you can get more from a normal bar Osaka at the in terms of
kilometers so efficiency was what’s kind of our starting point right and then
looking at how efficient can we actually build a car all right
that is also comfortable and safe I’m really being able to start with the
blank piece of paper we have been super important to do this
so we basically get to about half of the energy consumption of a similar car in
the same class Wow Wow really you’ve got you’ve got it down that much so is the
idea then that you don’t need is like a the
the equivalent size car at the moment would be a Tesla Model S or somewhere
out there yeah which has a big battery pack can you effectively go the same
distance they can but with a smaller battery I mean you can’t yeah yeah we’re
definitely so we have a very bag that is like 2/3 or what if that’s more or less
average Lee asked all right we can drive more than that same ol s all right there
will be up to 800 kilometers if you come with the Sun and without the Sun
actually so the minimum range you will get is 400 so in winter with air
conditioning and everything you everything switched on yeah you’ll still
and high speed driving though still gets before I love the interior materials
yeah it’s nice right yes the honeycomb stuff is great I think it’s and I like
the fact that it’s sealed off I think that’s really interesting I think so
that you any heat in the cabin you’re not heating them reason why we did it
and the second reason why we did that is because the this is lower in weight
right because you don’t need to lock the the bench in on the sides right you can
you can lock it in the into the door yeah and therefore you you actually save
a couple of kilograms I think so what’s your have you got a rearview center rear
view we’ve got a rear view here right we’re now working on on testing whether
you can put your lender there’s something we think and definitely
consider yeah so tell me about how it ended up looking
like that because it could just be in a box on wheels yeah yeah you can’t cover
stuff yeah right yeah so when we started like two and a half years ago we were
just from from the solar team right but we got a lot of reaction so we brought
the car to over the world to China to Australia to Europe America as well but
people liked the concept but the design is not as like a car should be so car
should really give confidence the first time you look at it so that was very
important for us we knew we had the technology but we needed to combine it
with like to get to make a car out of it so what we did was partnered with a
design firm in in Torino and headed by Lowe we finish so he’s known for all the
work that he has been doing of course and together with with legs I sat down
to really shape the concept and to think of how should a solar car actually look
like and what we found was that it’s a very aerodynamic concept of course but
it’s also a concept that the breeze freedom so the freedom expect aspect
should be really in there I think that combination makes it very nice nice
balance yeah it’s a very nice contrast so you’re going for in wheel motors
rather than the central and the thing I’ve heard and this shirt this will show
my level of engineering understanding is the anxiety I’ve spoken to automotive
engineers about unsprung weight yeah in the wheels that you know if those are
very heavy and is that I mean I’m assuming that’s yeah yeah taking into
account and so you have to look at it very carefully when you design the guard
to be using England motors then you can integrate the the suspension very well
with the motor and the rim right to reduce weight yeah at at the same time
if you look at the tire size those kind of things also very much influenced the
unsprung weight and now we’re at the point it actually it’s it’s just a
marginally more happy than what you would get arm alright and as well the
people that made the reservation they feel like there’s telling this or story
to all their friends but they sort of missing something which is the evidence
yeah and right now yeah we are delivering the evidence that we can
really build this car and I think it’s beautifully designed car so that’s one
of the promises we did we made and yeah now it’s time to show so that low Rumble we’re hearing now
that is that that is the motive that’s not yeah attendee the thing that I did speak to
an engineer about it was how annoying electric cars are for bodybuilders and
them and the people who deal with the sound in in combustion cars because you
can’t hear any creaks in the combustion character you’re hearing the engine and
they said as soon as you drive an electric car you hear every tiny little
squeak and creak I think one and a half year ago we started with with us telling
how is surely car works because they don’t know Wow
so this is all happened in a year and a half yeah and only a year ago we had
like the first phone model right so the a year ago we only knew how the car sort
of like might look might look yeah and from then and like this final result the
final prototype is only four months so imagine the speeds we were able to get
it and and the nice thing to add to that as well is that the mock-up was quite in
line with with with the prototype you see here yeah so it means that we really
know what we’re doing right because it doesn’t change that much over time so
probably the first verification models also will stay more or less the same
because it’s well it works out is very well there’s so many things as soon as I
think about what you have to test you know when you’d start doing longer
drives and it and the testing you’ve got to do there’s a lot of and there’s so
many components in a car is no that’s the thing they had they’re complicated
machines yeah but also things are all the silly
things right so the lights here and the speaker system the windows yeah
the screens here I know we made a decision in January to
sort of change the planning a bit in order to be able to show the car before
the summer holidays instead of after that so that put a lot of pressure on it
and it’s amazing what they’ve got companies also considering all the
suppliers that were very flexible that helped us out it’s really it’s it’s
amazing what they did and you have only half a year yeah I’d like one and a half
months ago we had nothing physical yet not too much at least and now there’s Wow this isn’t the first time you’ve
been in is electoral is it no actually it is no it’s so exciting
I mean I’ve never been more excited to go in a car really slowly it doesn’t
mean like two years of everything coming together yeah it’s looking at
millimeters everywhere and and seeing more much of this on the screens yeah
it’s really being enjoying this in real life is really amazing and but of course
I think this this is just the first step right yeah
next steps are going to build I’m going to winter test summer tests a lot more
prototypes presumably at some point you do have to do a crash test to do you I
mean you’ve got to basically kill a car yeah which is just a harp I think yeah
we love to do that because it’s for science right yeah
so from these curse tests we will get a lot of information yeah to to improve
the chassis improved but also calibrate the airbags yeah and it’s I think the
most fascinating thing for me is that you kind of get that with some proper
engineering you can get the same kind of comfort and but a completely different
shape around the car and therefore really improving the yard and that makes
the energy consumption that you kind of have the same feeling sitting in this
car but still having about how the energy consumption of them of a similar
car Ryan yeah so what we did in the interior is moving a lot of the
component you would normally have close to the to the occupant space we moved it
to the front right and if we have a lot of room in the interior itself okay here
on the Neath you can put the chemists eyes back if you wanted yeah it’s quite
large now you’ve got so much space the back is it sort of like ultra luxury car
you know fit space in the back it’s brilliant and so that is the long-term
idea then I mean this is the sort of the initial model is high-end it’s luxurious
that’s quite the plan is that you would then go smaller lighter cheaper yeah
yeah so we’re really developing this technology and this is the first step to
bring it to market yeah and then also the price becomes a bit higher but the
moment you have this technology and you you can really optimize them bring it
also up to skill yeah you can drop down and that’s really the dream we’re having
right because a solar car will work best where no infrastructure exists yeah the
cheapest form of energy will come from the places that are nearest to where you
use it yeah because then you don’t have to pay for the infrastructure tween so
if you have solar cells on your roof we use it for your car yes because use for
your house house then if you have solar cells on top for your car itself then
it’s probably the cheapest source you can get yes there can’t be a cheaper way
of charging a car can those do so all there although it might not cover your
full energy consumption it’s still the cheapest and most convenient way to get
anything to grow it’s fascinating listening to the
various sound but their way they’re they’re really minor I just want to you
know just in case the mic isn’t picking this up but there are some tiny little
tiny River preaching in it but the reason you can hear that miss because
the car is so smooth and quiet that you get to hear all sorts of other weird
things thank you yeah it’s going on it’s all there it’s also like that you’re
going to a year as well yes are you being your builder I know
what’s out and I think it’s but I’m amazed that actually but effective there
it’s really quite good so this is on I like the fact this is on 10% of its
potential how are they the motors yeah it isn’t there’s a lot of torque in
order yeah and of course also the big advantage is that you can borrow them
independently yeah therefore have a lot of grip and being able to control that
in milliseconds and so it will actually do quite good
hills and good off-roading yeah we’re still gentle now we’re at ten percent
right yeah but there’s a lot of potential in the motors and in about
Jack is there a sort of kilowatt capacity of
the solar panels if they’re in direct Sun I mean what’s their peak yeah it’s
about one point two five right and that means that so we will charge between ten
and twelve kilometers per hour right that’s quite nice it’s like that is the
same as a 13 amp plug the same as a domestic plug that’s about that range
that’s about 50 to 70 kilometres a day and so they’ll be added up to well this
is that’s a sunny – sunny but yeah and it will add to up to about 10,000
kilometers per year in the Netherlands and in good conditions right and at
least 8,000 and they’re learning in California or Australia or something
like that they can go up to 20,000 hours actually per year and it’s a lot more
than we thought we will be able to right but is you know technology is
progressing so the idea is that you can do with the
two energy sources you have anywhere on earth Russia that’s normal power sockets
and the Sun exactly and you can drive formal kilometers birthday using just
power sockets because chickens and in a night you can charge for a clock one
right but of course if you if you if there’s false charges you can use them
so it had it does have that you could plug of course is it CCS you could plug
that into it yeah the philosophy is that you should be able to use any energy
source and to drive by yeah but I mean it’s amazing what you’ve done I’m really
thrilled and with I’m very excited to come and see future developments well
you know when you get to the next level and what or when the first customer has
their come up very exciting moment so the light year car is about to go back
to the amazing workshop where they built it they they’re clearly really excited
about this this is a no I think I think a really interesting breakthrough car
it’ll be fascinating to see how fast they can actually start producing them
they’ve still got a lot of testing to do the good cold weather testing hot
weather testing crash testing all that stuff you know it’s not it’s not
finished by a long way but it’s definitely on the path and I think what
this team have done is truly remarkable and I guess clearly they can’t talk
about it there’s clearly a lot of interest from a lot of car companies
because it does actually what we’ve done here is see an amazing
new revolutionary bit of technology a genuine solar-powered car not a hundred
percent solar it doesn’t have to be but even if it’s 15 20 25 40 percent solar
that makes a huge difference if all cars were like that still in its
early stages we’re not going to see a production vehicle force in probably 18
months two years it’s you know it is the beginning of an amazing adventure for
that team amazing team really want to thank the whole team at light you know
they did a look looked after us very well I want to thank Schenker transit
slightly less because they’ve got big noisy trucks the reason we’re here at
this fascinated charger right on the border of Belgium and the Netherlands is
because we didn’t fly here and it’s it’s incredibly complicated when you don’t
fly to see an event like that we were with them for a morning we didn’t need
to be it’s taken us three days day to get here overnight film of them day to
get back so three days of travel we’ve done it all an electric car this car has
proved itself ridiculously efficient at doing it really genuinely proper
long-range we drove all the way from Maidstone if you look on a map from
Maidstone to Eindhoven one charge pretty pretty amazing so it’s taken us a bit
longer time and that’s the problem we could have flown to Eindhoven this
morning that we could have flown back tonight except we’ve got a lot of kit
the car is absolutely for the kit so it would have been very difficult how do we
film cars all over the world without flying is the question we’re asking
ourselves anyway that’s it that’s what we’ve done we’ve driven here and we’re
now about to drive to Bruges lovely Bruges in Belgium and then we catch the
train early tomorrow morning and there’s also patron have a look at the link
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100 thoughts on “Lightyear One solar powered electric car – exclusive first look | Fully Charged

  1. Beautiful car, but we need cheap, we need an efficient way to convert cars currently on the road to electric cheaply.

  2. Why why why!!! 🤷‍♂️Is it all the time when they make an electric car it always looks like shit🤦‍♂️.. Or they look really cool when they’re prototype concept but when they come to the market they look like total shit. Tesla by far still looks like the best looking car on the market. And I’m sure this is not probably the final design for this car.. I wish they stop making cars look like spaceships 🚀 I love everything about electric cars just make them look cooler Please!!!!!! Cool video anyways 👍

  3. Hi everyone, if there is someone that will buy the car just to support the mission (4:40) not to use it, they can contact me! I'll gather the data end experience for them. Thanks 🙂

  4. I love that they made that car because they care about the climate but it's being dragged to the place using a fucking G63 Amg 11:28

  5. What an amzing car, what an amazing concept, what a potent, enthusiastic and young team! I hope they will suceed!

  6. This is the only other car that i wanna see succed besides tesla.
    And also i had to reduce the volume whenever music comes and raise it whenever the speech comes.

  7. I think this car has a very long way to go before it’s suitable for production. Wheels that skinny might be great for economy distance records, but don’t appear suitable for modern driving, the cornering would be great. I’m highly sceptical about the outboard motors, the unsprung weight has to be an issue IMO. 1.5kw of solar panels? They must be a pretty special panel to generate that amount on a car’s surface, the problem is that you then have to carry them around whether they generate or not. Ok for a car that sits not doing much most of the time, but in a dull country, hum don’t know. I wish them well, but I think for most, we want a “normal” looking car that has a good range, not something that looks like its from a 90’s sci-fi film.

    With the billions going into battery research, once power density is higher ideas like this will go do join the Sinclair.

  8. ridiculous ….future is self driving electric cars owned by large companies..so adding expensive solar power technology when the cars will drive into a battery station, where the battery will be swapped out automatically from beneath and then charged on site…..they are just filling in time….

  9. so, some questions:
    what is the battery size?
    the power and life expectancy of the 4 in wheel motors?
    Is the rear wheel shroud removable?
    how do you service this car?

    overall an interesting and right step forward. Solar and better aerodynamics will become standard soon.

  10. Problem is that this thing cost more then you will spend on gas in 10uears unless you drive 5thousand killometers a day going 350kph.

  11. Don't get me wrong. I am all for electric vehicles and clean/renewable energy but I think solar cars aren't the way to go. let's take the hypothetical scenario of myself putting up the money to buy this car. It's a big investment which means i would likely be very careful with it. This means storing it inside most of the time. Where the sun doesn't shine. Also some back of the envelope calculations show that at most you'll be able to get around at most 2kW of capacity from your roof. This is assuming around 5,5 square meters of roof space and solar panels that have around 25% efficiency (which they won't have currently the best you can do is around 22%) This means that you'll never be able to drive that car on solar power alone. It's going to be charging the battery at roughly the same speed as a normal home power outlet.

    Again, I think the innovation around improving the efficiency of cars here is amazing and something to commend but I think calling it a solar powered car is giving the Lightyear team a bit too much praise.
    I'd personally just use the difference between the price of a Lightyear and something like a model S or an I-pace to but a big solar system on my house or invest in a solar project in my area if I didn't own my roof.

    The video was great to watch, I've been enjoying watching the production quality of my favorite show on the internet improve over the years. Thanks Robert, you're one of the reasons I chose to study sustainable innovation at the University of Eindhoven this year. I wish you and your team the best.

  12. That car looks how cars should be looking, absolutely love the shape, electric cars should look completely different they don’t need to look 20th century, great video, that’s one thing I can’t understand, why electric vans don’t have solar on the roof

  13. Let me get this straight…….. you have a light car 🚗, electric ⚡️ motor, some batteries, and solar panels…….

    What is so advanced about this…………..

    All this 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩 is been around for over a half a century………..

    Nothing here……… move along.

    Please……. get F’ing real…… it’s 2019.

    🥴

    These guys are just like the Elio Motor company……… just youngsters………. Living off of grants money 💰.

  14. years ago i imagined what the perfect electric car would be, i thought it would have to be self charging because it makes so much sense to capture the free energy of the sun, it would have to be light to be efficient, and it would also have small motors on the rear wheels or every wheel to eleminate any loss through transmissions and drive shafts, i open my eyes and see this car and its exactly what i imagined it should be. amazing…

  15. Do you have to constantly angle your car to catch the sun properly all the time? It seems like the solar panels would be better on the roof of your house with a tracking rig.

  16. 20.000km per year on sunny places and 10.000km per year on places like the Netherlands …or Sweden I guess.
    and with a really big battery to cover the interim periods.
    On a place like Greece, with the average car usage, one will NEVER need to plug in. EVER.

    Bravo!

  17. Elon Musk when asked about this concept said it was a waste of time as it would only add about 30 miles after a full days charge.
    My thought is I drive 10 miles each way to work….. Perfect!

  18. As the panels become more affordable, other car makers will follow suit. No-brainer, your car should charge itself. You’d park at the beach for the day and return to your car ‘fully charged’. Even if it added a few grand to the cost of the car, it would pay for itself. This concept is so obviously the future. Then someday we’ll have solar paint.

  19. I have to wonder about low-mileage users doing damage to the battery by constantly topping up to full from 90% with the solar panels. I wonder if that would have a negative effect on the battery’s life.

  20. Hype. They'll need to charge it a lot. The Solar will give them 5% of the energy of those batteries standing in the sun.

  21. check out the Sion – will be ready to buy 2020 – lots of documentation up here – they did all the testing and cool stuff "around" the car itself – at least for AC, entertainment and charging it will help a lot to have at least every e-car with solar panels – !! hope for it to come. 10000 pre-orders until now on it..(produces in S, designed in D) but the lightyears looks great and hope to see more solar cars anywhere soon.

  22. What about headroom? Will tall drivers be excluded from driving, if headroom is reduced, from battery packs located on the floor?

  23. Are they using Blackberry QNX as the software platform or is it independently developed from scratch (or a different provider)?

  24. Did you notice these guys funny looking shoes? They look like they've been mixed with 20% clown shoe.

  25. I love the concept. I have been looking at adding a solar panel to the roof of my old Leaf. With standard flexible panels and the area available, I can only see 250 watts, which I reckon could add about 10km of range per day. But that would be enough for me to tell all the killjoys that say my car is coal powered to go and f**k themselves forever😀.

  26. Now that type of solar power for cars is near enough perfect… just if you get stuck under a bridge in traffic the car would find it hard to use light power, but I guess that is why bridges have lights underneath them. Would the electric in the car kick in when you have no sun light? Like night time?
    Lightyear One seems a very good car, way better than fuel cars but will it go with the electric cars out there? we will just wait and see…

  27. See this is b***** no more Electric just get rid of it sorry government you're not taking my money anymore now I like Pier solar harvesting energy

  28. That is a slick car. But I doubt the physics add up. Solar panels might make it go a bit farther on a charge (or keep you from calling a tow truck), but you'd still need to plug it in regularly.

  29. Whether this company will make it or not depends to some extent on how luxury they want to make the car and do they really want to make a solar power car. For example in Texas United States a solar powered car would make a lot of sense since we have many days of sunshine and if we park our cars out in the open they get very very hot meaning that a car that could charge with solar power might even be overcharged. Also anywhere in the southwestern United States such a car could go without any infrastructure at all. However watching this presentation suggest to me that these people are not even thinking about making a car that ordinary people might want to have or might be able to have. They have only the luxury Market in mind kind of snobbish actually. They probably won't succeed but the idea of a solar powered car is an excellent idea four parts of the United States and probably anywhere else in the world where there is not a lot of infrastructure for electrical cars yet but a lot of sunshine.

  30. charging at 10-12 km/h, in a normal 8 hour working day thats about 80-96km of charge… even if i only get about 60km of charge
    i live about 15 km from work so yeah ill never have to charge my car again…
    the problem is solved so long as your trip to work isn't more than 40 km…
    sorry to the people who have to park underground at work

  31. Tesla can make self charging cars they won't because they have to make money with the electricity they sale to you to charge your car..If they make self charging car then they lose money nothing is free ..l..

  32. Elon should buy the company now and merge the tech. Let them be free to develop the car even further without pressure. Then take over the world.

  33. Here's and idea. Put back at least a little window on the back, but also some rear window wing on the roof. This way you don't lose solar panel space, and you get more light in cabin, as well as more standard look of a normal car.

  34. Solar power is too small for a car, it won't even be an investment scam to collect money from investors like that guy of Tesla.

  35. Awesome! I love it. I want everyone to want to buy one. But please please please get rid of that rear wheel cover. It wont sell in America if with that rear wheel cover destroying its cool looks.

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