The World’s First Solar Car | Extinction Update

This is it. This is the car that will save our world. We think so. Transport accounts for roughly 30 percent … of global CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. At the same time, the number of fossil fuel cars will … doubled by 2040. How can we prevent that? Electric cars can be a solution … but that electricity still needs to be generated … partly by fossil fuels. Yet a carbon-free solution may also be possible. I am in the Netherlands, and I have an appointment with Tessie Hartjes … who works at Lightyear, a start-up that is busy … to develop the world's first solar-powered car. This is Extinction Update … an ecological slap in the face. Last year, lazy people bought 80 million cars: an army of idiots who love to eat this deadly vehicle. Fortunately, not everyone wants to die so badly. A group of people in the Netherlands …

invented the first solar-powered car. It's a glimpse into a brighter future … and it will at least be interesting to watch … how governments are going to ban it. That's it. Hi, Djanlissa. Hi, Tessie. Welcome, welcome. This is Lightyear One … and that's a solar car. The first in the world, and the first prototype that we have built. Anything that is black is solar cells. It can recharge itself with solar energy … but it is an ordinary electric car. But because we made it very efficient … it has a 700 to 800 kilometer range on a small battery. Actually, the idea is that you do it as little as possible … with a plug. In the Netherlands this has to be done a little more often than if you live in Spain. So it really depends on the sun? Yes, so the more sun you get … If you live in San Francisco, you may well be …

only need to charge it a few times a year. How much is this car worth? As the first prototype, you have to think of a million plus. It's pretty exciting, isn't it? I can imagine you don't like to hit a bollard right now. No, many colleagues have worked very hard on it for many hours. So if I do something that causes scratches, then … I think I'm going to argue with someone. The biggest comment ever on electric cars … is that the battery would be very polluting. Is that also something you have thought of? It would be nice if you no longer need a battery at all … but it is sometimes dark … and in the Netherlands you sometimes have dark days in a row … so we want to use the smallest possible battery … which is also polluting as little as possible … offer as much range as possible. So you see that when you drive our car … that you will already save CO2 after 20,000 to 40,000 kilometers. Lightyear cars still need power from the grid … especially in climates where the sun shines less often. But it would still reduce the carbon footprint.

If you drive it at least 15,000 kilometers per year for 12 years … CO2 emissions fall by 53 percent. This is our production facility, but at the moment it is more … we call it a lab. Another company is going to do the production … and what we're going to do here is the sunroofs. We are already going to … filling other vehicles with our technology. If we can ensure that many more people directly … can charge on the sun, we can all go even faster … that make the transition to more sustainable transport. If other transport sectors start using solar technology … we can also make planes, trains and boats solar powered … expect in the near future. That will really cause a decrease in CO2 emissions. When do you hope this car will be on the market? We could deliver those cars from 2023. But that's three more years, so we've said: we will already supply cars for this. They are more made by hand …

that will therefore be a very exclusive batch, which are also a bit more expensive. Around 120,000 euros excluding VAT. And then about two years later, we're going to start with … that car of 50,000 euros. Okay so 50,000 euros, but that is still not really affordable … for people who don't have that much money. Is there a plan for that too? 50,000 euros is now the second model for us … but if we have a third or fourth model, I expect it to be … really can be accessible to everyone. The CO2 problem is a daunting task for humanity. Because although we actually buy fewer cars per year … we still bought 80 million cars last year. This is not your fault. But we need your help not to screw up the planet … ensuring that governments and large companies do not … behave like psychopaths … and consume less and teach more.

So if we survived … then we'll see you on the right side of history..

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