World’s 1st production-ready solar EV ‘Lightyear 0’ arrives at SRTI Park, UAE

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
  • Follow author on
Lightyear 0
Image Courtesy: Lightyear

Lightyear 0, the Dutch startup Lightyear’s futuristic solar-powered car, has arrived in UAE at the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park).

The world’s first long-range production-ready solar electric vehicle was unveiled by Mr. Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between SRTIP and Lightyear with a record-breaking drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.175. The lower the drag coefficient, the better the car will efficiently use its energy, giving drivers more range and less reliance on electrical charging.

This announcement came two months before Lightyear 0 goes into production and becomes the first solar vehicle on the roads. Both parties will explore a range of activities to drive sustainable mobility in the region, including the establishment of Lightyear testing facilities and sales and service support across the region.

Hussain Al Mahmoudi
Hussain Al Mahmoudi

“This is a great day for SRTIP as we are the first in this part of the world to unveil this unique car that is making waves globally. Having Lightyear at the SRTI Park boosts the UAE’s position as a nation at the frontline of transition to sustainable mobility, and in doing so, contributes to combating climate change through innovative technologies. UAE is already the world’s third-largest producer of solar power, making it the perfect place to test and prove Lightyear’s solar extender solutions for EVs. We are confident that Lightyear’s presence at SRTI Park will spark interest among all countries in the region to embrace EVs.”

With an educational component at the core of the two companies, Lightyear and SRTI Park aim to set up university research exchange programs on solar-powered EVs, and advance policy initiatives that support government incentives for electric vehicles, including solar-extended EVs.

Lightyear 0 features a design that minimizes air resistance and therefore achieves a very low drag coefficient, all while keeping lift force and its balance to ensure a smooth ride for drivers. A good low drag coefficient means a more economical car that consumes less energy and, as a result, can drive further on one charge. The drag coefficient is a major contributor to the overall efficiency that places Lightyear 0 as a market frontrunner.

Related: Saudi-based Geidea unveils integrated point-of-sales solutions in UAE