Shine On: Lightyear Picks Manufacturer To Bring EVs To Life

The Dutch startup can finally get the ball moving with its Lightyear One car series.

  • Lightyear will work with Valmet Automotive to build cars, a company with previous ties to Mercedes-Benz, Saab and Porsche.
  • Valmet Automotive has its own battery production line and has recently invested heavily in other developments.
  • First prototypes of the Lightyear One will be built in Finland in January 2022.

Lightyear, the pioneering solar-powered EV startup from the Netherlands, has found a manufacturing partner to build the One — and by One, we are, of course, referencing the Lightyear One.

A letter of intent has been signed with Valmet Automotive, a leading name in the world of vehicle manufacturing.

In fact, Valmet has produced more than 1.7 million vehicles for brands like Mercedes-Benz, Saab and Porsche.

“Our experience as a car manufacturer, as well as our focus on electric mobility and battery systems make us predestined for processes in which mobility must be redefined.” Says Olaf Bongwald, CEO of Valmet Automotive.

“We are ready to enter new areas also in manufacturing cars and are therefore pleased that Lightyear has selected us as their production partner.”

Furthermore, Valmet Automotive has its own battery production line and has recently invested heavily in additional engineering and testing capabilities for EV powertrain developments.

“Valmet Automotive is a great partner, has a well-established track record and over a decade of experience in EV production. It’s also a good cultural fit with our company. We are proud that we will soon realize the actual production of Lightyear One with Valmet Automotive.”
— Lex Hoefsloot, CEO and co-founder of Lightyear

The Lightyear One recently recorded a technology milestone by driving 440 miles on a single charge in Germany. An impressive feat, given the power of the battery (60 kWh).

Expect production of the Lightyear One to begin as early as January (2022). Working alongside Valmet Automotive should only speed up the process.

Solar-powered EVs could become a welcome addition to the current landscape if they can compete on a range level with other rides. Would you buy the Lightyear One?

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