Thankfully for us at Roadshow, it’s the name of a new electric car designed by a Dutch company called Lightyear.
Well, first of all, the Lightyear One looks like a cross between a Rivian, a Porsche Panamera and an art deco-era Voisin — that is to say, it looks pretty cool and will stand out from other vehicles in a parking lot.
"The main goal of the car is to fill in where electric cars fall short," Lex Hoefsloot, head of Lightyear, said in a statement.
For example, rather than having one or two motors indirectly driving the vehicle’s wheels as is the case in basically every other car ever, Lightyear One will use individual motors attached directly to the drive wheels.
"Research has shown that range and the lack of charging options are still the top concerns that people have when considering purchasing electric cars".
Lightyear estimates that in the right conditions, the solar array alone on the One will generate enough energy to drive over 12,000 miles.
The Lightyear One visually reminds us of a lot of things, most of them good, and we especially love the long aero tail and wheel spats.
Lightyear One is kind of a rad-sounding name, but it could describe a million different things.
Next, the One will extend its electric range through the use of lightweight materials, sleek design and, perhaps most importantly for our purposes, with solar panels.
The Dutch company’s first effort looks awesome, but will it be the next big electric car?
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