LightYear One

A Solar-Power First

Lightyear One

Electric cars are all the rage. But there is the problem of batteries running low far from a charging station. Dutch automotive startup Lightyear has a potential solution in the ­Lightyear One, a futuristic-­looking electric sedan adorned with solar panels that recharge the car. Solar generates only about 7.5 miles of range every hour, but with an impressive 450 miles of single-charge range to begin with, owners won’t be relying on sunshine alone to get around. —Alex Fitzpatrick

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