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Posts Tagged: Lightyear

In-wheel motor co-developed by Lightyear and Elaphe reaches 97% energy efficiency during testing

Solar EV company Lightyear says the EV powertrain it has co-developed with in-wheel-drive technology company Elaphe is the most efficient production EV powertrain in the world. Lightyear says, “we’ve achieved an efficiency of 97% from the in-wheel motors, losing just a fraction of energy through heat.” The in-wheel motor relies on a modified version of… Read more »

Lightyear closes $48-million funding round, aims to deliver solar-powered EV this year

Solar-powered cars, like flying cars, have long been a sci-fi staple, but thanks to ever-more-efficient PV panels, they could soon enter the realm of reality. Aptera says its upcoming EV will be able to incrementally charge from solar panels, and Hyundai/Kia has announced plans to add panels to certain models. Now the Dutch startup Lightyear,… Read more »

DSM and Lightyear join forces on integrated solar roofs for EVs

Lightyear and Royal DSM have signed an agreement to jointly scale the commercialization of Lightyear’s solar-powered roof for the EV market. The partnership aims to integrate solar-powered roofs in a variety of EVs, including cars, vans, and buses, enabling users to charge their vehicles directly with clean energy. The companies are teaming up to assess… Read more »