Lightyear, the high-tech company developing the world’s first long-range solar car, is partnering with The Sharing Group to supply 5,000 Lightyear Two vehicles to its car-sharing platform MyWheels, the market leader of shared cars in the Netherlands, says Lightyear in a press release.
This series will be available to the MyWheels fleet as of 2025. In addition, in 2023, the Lightyear One, Lightyear’s premier statement car, will also be added to the MyWheels platform.
The future of mobility
“The future of mobility is not only about the vehicle itself but also how we use it. Car sharing services are an example of how the market is evolving to find new, more sustainable ways to keep people mobile without owning a car themselves”, says Lex Hoefsloot, Co-Founder and CEO of Lightyear. “By offering Lightyears through a car-sharing service like MyWheels, we are able to enact our mission quicker and more efficiently. This partnership is an exciting step towards a cleaner future, and we are proud to be teaming up with MyWheels and The Sharing Group.”
End of the year
Lightyear One is Lightyear’s first model that will only be produced in a limited quantity. Adding the Lightyear One to the MyWheels car-sharing platform makes this innovative car accessible to the broader public. The Lightyear One will go into production in late summer 2022, and first customer deliveries will begin by the end of the year. MyWheels is establishing a sharing campaign for loyal members to be able to drive a Lightyear One as early as 2023.
Lightyear Two will be the mass-market model of the technology manufacturer and will go to market in 2024/2025 with a starting price of 30,000 euros. Next to the environmental benefits of solar electric vehicles, the long-term economics are advantageous as well. Vehicles like the Lightyear One and Two generate power themselves and have less moving parts than other cars so their maintenance and operation costs will be comparatively low.
MyWheels is the Dutch market leader in the field of round trip car sharing. The company already started in 1993 as one of the pioneers in car-sharing and has ramped up its growth over the last two years. With cross-country coverage of 2,500 cars in the Netherlands.
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