Meet the world’s first solar car!

Photo Supplied/Lightyear
Photo Supplied/Lightyear

A DUTCH-BASED company, called Lightyear, has launched the world’s first production-ready solar car – expected to hit the roads later this year.

According to, Lightyear 0 will have solar panels on its roof, bonnet and boot that charge the electric battery as it drives.

It is reported that the car will be delivered in Europe as early as November.

Lightyear CEO Lex Hoefsloot said electric cars were a step in the right direction, but they had a scaling problem.

Photo Supplied/Lightyear

“Adding a new source, the sun, adds certainty that you will always have that charge and have to charge a lot less often,” Hoefsloot told the publication.

This game-changer car has an optimised solar roof, making it easy to drive for weeks, even months, without charging.

“In cloudy climates, based on the average commute of around 35km per day, you can drive for up to two months before you need to think about charging. In sunnier countries, that could be up to seven months,” the company said in a statement.

The interior of the vehicle is eco-friendly, featuring fabrics made from recycled bottles and wooden deco elements.

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