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Developing the electric car that charges itself: Lightyear One

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 LIGHTYEAR project word cloud

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Project "LIGHTYEAR" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Automotive Campus 30
city: Helmond
postcode: 5708 JZ
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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 3˙570˙500 €
 EC max contribution 2˙499˙350 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3. (PRIORITY 'Societal challenges)
2. H2020-EU.2.3. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs)
3. H2020-EU.2.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies)
 Code Call H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-2
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-02-01   to  2021-01-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ATLAS TECHNOLOGIES BV NL (Helmond) coordinator 2˙499˙350.00


 Project objective

Lightyear, an international team of 90 engineers including triple winners of the World Solar Challenge, experienced engineers (180 years) from the aerospace, racing and automotive industry (e.g. ASML, Tesla, Ferrari and Inalfa) and alumni of the Eindhoven University of Technology, develops the first commercially available electric solar car in the world that charges itself: the Lightyear One. The extremely efficient family car will be able to drive for weeks or even months on self-generated solar energy. The engineers started from the rationale that the car should be incredibly efficient, in order to make an independent entity having its own energy source. To achieve this, Lightyear had to minimize the car’s energy consumption and maximize its energy input, by using four inwheel motors instead of one rigid motor, lowering the total mass of the car by using lightweight biobased materials, redesign to improve aerodynamics, developing a new battery pack; integrating their in-house custom developed solar panels on the roof and the bonnet of the car. Result: a car that excellences in driving range, in weight, in energy consumption, sustainability and operation costs compared to market's-state-of-the-art. Range anxiety, dependency on energy (charging) infrastructure and the use of non-renewable/inefficient energy sources to charge your car will belong to the past. In this project, Lightyear aims to develop, validate and demonstrate the first Lightyear One and associated assembly line, bringing their innovation from TRL 5/6 to 8. Lightyear expects to produce the first 10 signature cars in 2020, and start serial production from 2021 onwards. EBITDA is expected to turn positive in 2021 with a fivefold increase of FTEs. This development reinforces competitiveness and performance of European transport manufacturing industries on the global market.

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