Solar car to be constructed in Finland by Valmet
Automaker has built other EVs including Fisker Karma
Solar car startup Lightyear now has a production partner. Finnish company Valmet Automotive is signed on to help turn the idea of a long-range solar-powered vehicle into reality.
We’ve covered the Lightyear One before, but to recap, it’s a car that uses five square metres of solar cells on the roof and the hood to harvest enough energy from the sun to add up to 12 km of range for every hour of charging.
If that seems a bit slow for you, the Lightyear One comes with a large battery pack that the company says offers a 725 km range on the WLTP cycle. It can be charged via solar, through a standard wall plug, or at 60 kW L3 fast chargers.
You may not know the name Valmet Automotive, but the company has been a major supplier and even car constructor since 1968. Rather than producing cars under its own name, Valmet started building Saabs, later built more than a decade of the Porsche Boxster and Cayman, the Fisker Karma, and still builds the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and GLC Class for that company. It builds convertible tops for the likes of BMW and Bentley, and it also engineers electric vehicle solutions.
“Our focus on electric mobility and battery systems make us predestined for processes in which mobility must be redefined. We are pleased that Lightyear has selected us as their production partner,” said Valmet CEO Olaf Bongwald.
Lightyear expects to start delivering the One next summer in Europe, starting from 150,000 euros before taxes.