Whether you’ve heard of Lightyear or not, the upstart’s solar-assisted EV is one of the most serious Tesla competitors to enter the ring over the last several years, not just in terms of technology, but in style, and now, arguably the most important factor — price.
The Lightyear Two, which the company recently announced, will slide into the market as one of the most affordable electric sedans, making it competitive with the likes of other mid-range EVs like the Tesla Model 3.
And while price is a big factor, that’s not the only thing the new solar-assisted car has going for it. Here’s what you need to know about Lightyear’s upcoming EV in five key stats.
The Lightyear Two will apparently have double the range of similarly priced EVs with comparable battery packs.
For reference, the base Tesla Model 3 gets an estimated 272 miles per charge, and while it seems crazy to think the Lightyear Two will actually double that limit, recent tests of its One prototype have clocked in at 441 miles, so maybe it’s not as big of a stretch as it seems.
The Lightyear Two’s cost comes into clearer focus when comparing it to the company’s predecessor, the Lightyear One, which clocks in at a very inaccessible $169,000. Lightyear says its One model will have more range, though it’s not clear how much more the EV will have. With this big of a price discrepancy, we can probably expect other significant differences between the models.
Already, LeasePlan, a Dutch leasing company, has reserved 5,000 units of the Lightyear Two which will be made available through its service. It’s not a blockbuster start, but it’s certainly something.