Dutch leader in the development of solar and electric vehicle technology, Lightyear, takes Sharjah Innovation Park as a testing and sales center as its first international presence outside the Netherlands
Sharjah Innovation Park houses the first testing and sales center for the innovative Dutch company Lightyear, the world’s first electric and solar car
The Lightyear Zero is charged once for up to 7 months if the journey is less than 22 miles per day in hot weather.
Sharjah: Three weeks ago, Dutch beginner Lightiere unveiled the world’s first solar-powered electric car that can run long distances. The company, whose car is already ready for production, plans to open a test center and sales office for its cars in the Sharjah Research, Technology and Research Park, which will be the first facility to be opened outside the Dutch border.
The agreement was based on the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Lightyear and the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park in the Netherlands. The memorandum was signed by Hussain Al Mahmoudi, Executive Director of the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park, and Lex Hofsloot, CEO of Lightyear, in the presence of Her Excellency Maryam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment the UAE, and HE Jamal Jama Al Musharrekh, UAE Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. The Kingdom of the Netherlands, and His Excellency Lodi Imbrechts, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UAE, under the coordination of Sawadi Ventures.
The Memorandum of Understanding, aimed at improving the presence of Lightyear in the region, requires its two parties to work together in carrying out a number of activities, in particular the establishment of a testing center, the promotion of university research exchange programs on electric motors equipped with the ability to work with solar energy, as well as the establishment of sales and service partnerships with a number of Gulf companies and institutions, in addition to collaborating with governments to motivate them to provide electric motors equipped with the ability to to work up. solar power and to finance the development and manufacture of future models.
Lightyear is one of the innovative and powerful companies in the world of electric cars that can run on solar power. On May 30, the company decided to launch its revolutionary “Lighter Zero” car, which can be charged with solar energy or with ordinary electric sockets installed in homes; Where it can rely on solar power alone to walk a distance
long while driving. In June, the company plans to launch the first test drive of the car, with the intention of also producing its new car by autumn and delivering its first groups to customers in Europe by November.
Commenting on the memorandum, Her Excellency Maryam bint Mohammed Al Muhairi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: “Thanks to the visions and guidelines of our wise leadership, which has always focused on shifting our efforts to a more sustainable approach, The UAE is today considered an oasis to attract talent and the latest scientific inventions, especially those related to renewable and clean energy solutions. That represents part of our country’s approach and its international efforts to address global warming and contribute to addressing the challenges of climate change, in line with its strategic initiative to strive for climate neutrality by 2050. ” Her Excellency added: “We are pleased that we have selected Lightyer for the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park as the center for its first facility outside the Netherlands, and we wish them success with their leading research.”
In turn, Hussain Al Mahmoudi said: “This is a qualitative leap for us in the complex within the framework of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who aims to transform Sharjah into a center for the latest innovations, research and development, and university research. Lightyear joins the pool of global innovative companies as this startup is one of the best active companies in the solar motor sector. “
Al Mahmoudi added: “The joining of Lighttier to the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park will strengthen the UAE’s position as a front line in the fight against climate change, as well as open new horizons in sustainability and innovation initiatives, “noted that the country has turned to a global destination for entrepreneurs, as well as investments in the modern technology sector, making it a sponsor of future projects that offer innovative solutions to provide a better life. He also explained that the Arabian Gulf region, with its shining sun almost all year round, is an ideal location for this type of car manufactured by Lightyear, emphasizing that joining the complex is of interest to all countries in the region will increase to embrace it. energy-powered cars.power.
The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park works to attract global innovative companies interested in research and development activities in very important sectors; Such as transportation, vertical agriculture, hydrogen energy, 3D printing and other sectors.
Lex Hofsloot, CEO and co-founder of Lightyear, said: “We look forward to working with Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park to drive further innovation in solar electric vehicles. The GCC region is of strategic importance for our company. “
Lightyear, who started her career as a racing team, became an expert in the energy efficiency sector, prompting her to enter the world of solar car technology to take advantage of the information and experience she possesses. Zero, which is expected to cause a revolution. the electric vehicle industry. The car only needs 1 500 kWh throughout the year, which makes it twice as energy efficient
Compared to the Tesla Model S, its class is equivalent. According to Lightyear estimates, the car needs to charge about 5 times less energy when driving over the distances traveled by the average driver.
Lightyear’s entry into the electric car market comes amid estimates of the total cost of electric vehicles moving to Europe exceeding 80 billion euros, of which more than 50 billion euros are earmarked for creating the charging infrastructure for those cars . However, thanks to Lightyear’s innovations, dependence on charging infrastructure can be reduced, speeding up the transition of electric vehicles there at significantly lower costs.
The company said in a statement, “The Lightyear One will be equipped with curved solar panels in its roof, and a hood and trunk that will help charge the electric battery while driving (or parked),” and note note that this is the first delivery of the car at the time in Europe in early November.
The company explained: “The car will be able to travel 388 miles (640 km) without stopping to recharge, and it will have an additional range of up to 44 miles (72 km) per day via solar panels,” emphasizing that “the car offered will initially cost it.” 250 thousand euros, or 262 thousand dollars. “
According to the company’s statement, “every hour in the sun will add up to 6 miles (10 km) of charge to the battery, and the solar range will provide additional power for long journeys, meaning the driver will spend less time at charging stations or maybe not necessary at all. ” In hot countries, if your daily commute is less than 22 miles, you do not have to charge the car for up to 7 months. And in a more cloudy climate, such as the Netherlands, the car will have to be charged after two months. ”
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