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A little less than a month ago, the first prototype of the Lightyear One – the world’s first solar car – was unveiled in the Netherlands. Plans are that it will debut in 2021. However, other manufacturers have already added solar energy to their cars. But as yet, only as an additional source of energy and not as the sole source. For example, the Toyota Prius has been available with a solar roof option since 2017. Plus the Karma Revero from luxury car designer Henrik Fisker also has a solar roof with the purpose of increasing the hybrid’s electrical range. Other manufacturers are working on electric cars with integrated solar panels. Like Ford or the Munich startup Sono Motors, which plans to start the series production of the Sion by the end of 2019.

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Author profile picture Petra Wiesmayer is a journalist and author who has conducted countless interviews with high-profile individuals and researched and written general entertainment, motorsports, and science articles for international publications. She is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.As an avid science fiction fan she is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.