Don’t delay decisions

Lightyear One: The electric car that charges itself with sunlight

How did you get the idea of Lightyear?

By competing in the world solar challenge, we saw the potential to make cars much more efficient than they are today. Efficiency makes electric cars better on all factors: Range, cost of battery, weight, charging time and charging cost. And of course the opportunity to use the sun to charge.

Why did you decide to start with Lightyear?

Because the industry was still dragging along their old technology and not taking up the opportunity to build a revolutionary different car.

What is the vision behind Lightyear One?

Build cars that are independent of charging infrastructure. Using just ordinary power sockets and the sun, the Lightyear One can do every road trip you want. Because of this independency, the concept is super scalable. There is no need to wait for charging points to arrive.

Why Solar and not eMobility?

It is essentiality emobility, but much more efficient, longer range, smaller battery and conveniently charged with the sun.

How difficult was the start and which challenges you had to overcome? Who is your target audience?

Startups just have to show they hit milestones, and we have been doing that on a steady pace the last 2.5 years. The confidence of investors keeps growing and therefore the investments we receive. With that money we can hit new milestones. Target audience is people that can afford to pay a premium to support an important cause and at the same time drive the most sustainable car on the planet, with exceptional range. It fits people that drive a lot very well.

What is the USP of your startup?

Efficiency. And that translates into less charging, more range, lower cost. And of course charging with the sun. In places like LA, you would only have to charge about 5-10 times a year from the grid when doing average mileage

Can you describe your typical workday ?

Get up at 7:30, checking emails & setting priorities, meetings about every 60/30 minutes with engineering, sales, HR, investors and partners. Some more emails in the evening. Meditate, 6km run, have dinner. Repeat

Where do you see yourself and your startup Lightyear in five years?

Lightyear has the potential to ramp up to 100.000 cars in about 6-7 years. That’s when we can provide mobility for a much broader group of people at lower prices. USP: the most sustainable, and most effortless.

What 3 tips would you give other Start-up founders on the way?

Be super critical on who you hire.

Don’t delay decisions

If you feel something is not right, it is probably not right.

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Thank you Lex Hoefsloot for the Interview

Statements of the author and the interviewee do not necessarily represent the editors and the publisher opinion again.

Sabine Elsässer

Sabine Elsässer is founder and chief editor of the StartupValleyNews Magazine. She started her career at several international direct sale companys. Since 2007 she works main time as a journalist. While that time she learned more about the Startup Scene, what made her start her own Startup Magazine the StartupValleyNews.

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