Dutch company Lightyear has announced that this fall it will start making the world's first production car fitted with solar panels. The Lightyear 0 will have curved solar panels in its roof, hood and trunk that top up the electric battery as it drives (or remains parked) and the first delivery in Europe could be as early as November.
The company says the car will be able to drive around 388 miles without stopping to recharge, and will have an additional range of up to 44 miles a day from the solar panels. For comparison, that's slightly more than a Tesla Model 3 (374 miles), and significantly more than the Kia Niro Long Range (285 miles).
Each hour in the sun will add up to six miles of charge to the battery, according to Lightyear. The solar range will give an added drip feed of miles for long journeys but also means you'll spend less time at charging points – or may not even need them at all.
The company says that in a hot country such as Spain or Portugal, if your daily commute is less than 22 miles, you won't need to plug in the car for up to seven months. In a cloudier climate, like the Netherlands, the car would need charging after two months.