Lightyear 2: new teasers…

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I was actually surprised to hear so soon about the Lightyear 2 EV.

I knew about their first model, the Lightyear Zero. The Zero came out last year with a $265 000 price tag. (the last 2 photos). The Zero was a showcase of Lightyear’s new solar technology. Looking very sleek and modern. And of course, the company had claimed a much cheaper model was on its way. Something around $30 000.

Now we actually get to see what the cheaper model will look like. And it does look a lot like the first one. Of course, now it won’t be $30 000 but $40 000 to start. Which is still really good. Especially coming right after a $265 000 model.

Not many specs yet, except the projected price. And a range of around 500 miles per charge, thanks in part to all these solar panels. Unlike the Zero, the Lightyear 2 will be sold in the US. Production is scheduled to start in 2025.

This is how they explain the car so far: “Lightyear 2 is solar electric. With an integrated layer of solar cells extending your journeys, you could drive over 500 miles before your next plug charge. For short and medium trips, Lightyear 2 could even sustain itself without a socket in sight. Picture that, being untied from the electricity grid and running on free, clean solar power alone.”

This all sounds great. Especially for $40 000 before any incentives…

Conversation 2 comments

  1. Interesting but useful only in b@t$h!t crazy places like TX, FL, AZ …where rolling coalers will likely throw plastic over the top to try to keep it from self-charging.

  2. If this thing actually meets all those goals – 500 mile range, $40k price and sustaining itself with just the sun, I will eat my hat. This is vaporware.

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