See Solar Car That Can Go 12,400 Miles A Year Using Sun Energy (Photos)

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Solar Car That Can Go 12 , 400 Miles A Year Using Energy From The Sun , A popular car maker has unveiled a car that runs on solar and can cover 12 , 400 miles of motoring a year.

Dutch car maker Lightyear has unveiled the first ‘long-range’ solar car that’s claimed to provide customers with around 12 , 400 miles of motoring a year using free energy captured from the sun , according to Dailymail.

The Lightyear One was unveiled on Tuesday priced at €149 , 000 – around £134 , 000. Customers who want to secure one of the first 500 ‘pioneer’ examples with need to pay a reservation fee of €119 , 000 (£106 , 166).

The car , which has five square metres of solar panels on the roof and bonnet , is claimed to have a range of 725 kilometres (450 miles) from a full charge of the relatively small battery powering the vehicle.

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With Department for Transport calculating that the average motorist covers 7 , 134 miles annually , it means Britons could drive all-year-round for free – granted the sun comes out for long enough to charge the One’s battery.

At the launch event in Katwijk , Holland , bosses revealed key pieces of information about the solar car that’s due to be delivered to owners in 2021.

They said it can be charged directly from the sun , which can generate a maximum of 20 , 000km worth of free energy per year.

But it can also be charged from existing electric vehicle plug-in points while it’s also boosting the batteries using its solar panels , effectively charging much faster than traditional EVs already on the market.

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An overnight charge from a 230-volt socket will provide customers with 400km of range , around 250 miles.

Lex Hoefsloot , ceo and co-founder of Lightyear said the car ‘represents a new era of driving’.

‘Two years of dreaming , thinking and working hard have led to this milestone , which is a giant leap towards achieving our mission of making clean mobility available to everyone.’

Lightyear was founded in 2016 by the Solar Team Eindhoven , which won the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in 2013 , 2015 and 2017.

Development of the long-range solar One has received several awards , grants and support from key investors.

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Just 500 first-run ‘pioneer’ models will be made , though 100 of them have already been claimed by customers.

Each one will cost €149 , 000 – so around £134 , 000 – or motorists can lease one for €1 , 879 (£1 , 677) a month.

‘This allowed us to develop a working prototype for the first long-range solar car in just two years , ’ Hoefsloot added.

‘We have already sold over a hundred vehicles. With Lightyear One , we want to show that our technology enabled us to build one of the most sustainable cars on the market that also offers great convenience.’

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