What started almost ten years ago with a solar car from a TU/e ​​student team has now really resulted in the very first solar-powered family car. Years on the drawing board, tinkering and testing preceded it, but on Wednesday the ‘mass production’ of the world’s first solar car really started. A brief overview of the evolution from the self-made student car Stella to the factory car Lightyear 0.

    In the summer of 2013, a group of students from Eindhoven University of Technology proudly presented their ‘baby’: “It’s a girl and we’ll call her Stella,” said one of the students at the time.

    It was the birth of the very first solar-powered family car. There was room for four people in the car, the maximum speed was 70 kilometers per hour.

    The first family car 'Stella' in 2013 (Photo: Rob van Kaathoven)
    The first family car ‘Stella’ in 2013 (Photo: Rob van Kaathoven)

    First contours of Lightyear visible
    The car was built for the international solar race through Australia later that year. With success: the team from Eindhoven immediately took the title in the family car category. And at the introduction, the ambitions were immediately sky-high: the car had to and would be taken into production in the future.

    Stella was further developed and the Stella Vie, Lux and Era family expanded.

    The second variant: Stella Lux, 2015
    The second variant: Stella Lux, 2015

    The successor: Stella Vie, 2017 (Photo: Solar Team Eindhoven/Bart van Overbeeke)
    The successor: Stella Vie, 2017 (Photo: Solar Team Eindhoven/Bart van Overbeeke)

    The range was increased to 1000 kilometers, an extra seat was added and the first contours of the Lightyear 0 gradually became visible: the car got a rounder roof. Good for the aerodynamics of the car.

    The fourth Stella: Era, 2019 (Photo: BvOPhotography)
    The fourth Stella: Era, 2019 (Photo: BvOPhotography)

    Only 946 times 0
    In 2016, five students from the team founded Lightyear. The first prototype was presented three years later.

    The first Lightyear prototype, the Lightyear One, 2019 (photo: Dirk Verhoeven)
    The first Lightyear prototype, the Lightyear One, 2019 (photo: Dirk Verhoeven)

    In 2022, after years of drawing, tinkering and calculating, the very first solar car will actually be taken into production in Finland: The Lightyear 0.

    A maximum of 946 will be produced. You have to pull out your wallet for it. The futuristic car costs 250,000 euros.

    The Lightyear One in action (photo: Lightyear)
    The Lightyear One in action (photo: Lightyear)

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