Lightyear 0 achieves file low drag coefficient


Dutch electrical car startup Lightyear is edging nearer to realizing manufacturing of its glossy 0 sedan which is being developed to be as environment friendly as attainable.

This effectivity drive extends to the aerodynamics the place Lightyear was in a position to obtain a drag coefficient of 0.175 Cd, a file low for a production-spec car. The consequence was verified by unbiased testing at a wind tunnel in Germany.

The subsequent closest vehicles are the Mercedes-Benz EQS and Tesla Mannequin S, each with a 0.2 Cd score. Mercedes earlier this yr additionally confirmed the Imaginative and prescient EQXX idea automotive whose drag coefficient was simply 0.17.

A low drag coefficient is essential for EVs as a decrease determine means much less vitality is used to struggle drag, leading to extra vary. In line with Lightyear, round 60% of the vitality utilized by an EV at freeway speeds is to beat air resistance.

A low drag coefficient can also be notably essential for the 0 whose roof-mounted photo voltaic panels, in the proper circumstances, will help the automotive proceed coasting at freeway speeds with out the driving force having to press the accelerator.

The 0 includes a 60-kilowatt-hour battery which Lightyear claims will ship a variety of 388 miles on the WLTP check cycle used outdoors the U.S. This could nonetheless end in greater than 300 miles on the stricter cycle utilized by the EPA.

Lightyear 0 wind-tunnel testing

Lightyear 0 wind-tunnel testing

Additionally aiding the effectivity are tires that function low rolling resistance, in addition to in-wheel motors designed with effectivity in thoughts. The automotive has a claimed effectivity fee of 10.5 kwh per 62 miles, which is approaching the effectivity of the Imaginative and prescient EQXX idea which used 8.7 kwh per 62 miles throughout a current real-world check.

Manufacturing of the Lightyear 0 will begin this fall at a plant operated by Finland’s Valmet Automotive, which constructed the unique Fisker Karma sedan and can also be contracted to construct the Sono Sion, one other EV that may be charged by photo voltaic panels.

The primary 150 examples, a particular Pioneer Version priced from 150,000 euros (roughly $149,785), are offered out. The subsequent within the collection is the Restricted Version which could be ordered now and begins at 250,000 euros ($249,660). Lightyear hasn’t mentioned whether or not the 0 can be accessible within the U.S.


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