Arval pre-orders 10,000 solar-powered Lightyear 2 models

Lightyear, the Dutch tech firm behind the world’s first solar-powered electric car, has signed a pre-order agreement with vehicle leasing company Arval for 10,000 units of the Lightyear 2, Lightyear’s mass-market model.

This brings to 21,000 the total number of Lightyear 2 pre-orders from B2B partners.

Lightyear last week opened the customer waitlist for the Lightyear 2, which is set to start production in 2025 and a full reveal coming mid-2023.

Lightyear 2 concept preview

Lightyear clams that with a solar roof and bonnet, the Lightyear 2 can double its range to more than 800 km per charge and overall three times less charging than a conventional electric vehicle.

The Dutch firm says the car also has a price point of below €40,000.

Lightyear last year proved the viability of a solar electric vehicle by producing its first model, the Lightyear 0, in limited production numbers. It says the higher-volume Lightyear 2 represents the company’s next step towards making clean mobility “available for everyone, everywhere”.

Arval meanwhile, aims to lease 700,000 electrified vehicles as part of its global fleet by 2025, and expects the Lightyear 2 to play an important part in this.

“This solar powered electric vehicle comes to the UK market at the right time, when our customers have already adopted around 30,000 electric vehicles,” said Arval UK managing director, Lakshmi Moorthy.

“Its range extending technology and affordable price will further accelerate the shift to sustainable mobility for fleets and individuals alike.”

Arval is a founding member of the Element-Arval Global Alliance, a world leader in the fleet management industry, with more than three million vehicles across 53 countries.

In 2018, Irish-owned Johnson & Perrott Fleet was appointed the Irish partner for the Element Arval Global Alliance.