Dutch solar-powered electric vehicle company Lightyear has partnered with Koenigsegg the mass-market Lightyear 2 model. Technology from Koenigsegg, the Swedish sports car manufacturer, will be incorporated into the mass-market model Lightyear 2.
Most Koenigsegg hypercars are hybrids. Koenigsegg is known to have yet to launch a sports car with a pure electric powertrain. But Koenigsegg “also has a long history of developing sustainable mobility technologies”, Lightyear said.
The announcement did not mention what technology and components Koenigsegg will contribute to the mass market model Lightyear 2 .
At the beginning of the year, Koenigsegg has presented a self-developed electric motor with “Radial-Flux-Technology”, which can give an output of 250 kW and a torque of 600 Nm with a weight of only 30 kilograms.
This electric drive was used for the multi-million dollar Gemera sports car. This technology is unlikely to be used for mass production Lightyear 2 which is planned to be sold starting at 30,000 euros. Production of the Lightyear 2 will reportedly start in 2024 or 2025.
“Koenigsegg is top of the food chain in the field of high-performance sports cars,” says Lex Hoefsloot, CEO and co-founder of Lightyear. “I’ve always admired their blend of incredible performance, design, and sustainable technology – this partnership shows we are clearly on the right track.”
Christian vom Koenigsegg, CEO and founder of Koenigsegg, says: “The automotive industry is going through a massive transition to sustainable fuel and technology. Lex and his team have developed transformative technologies, and this partnership with Lightyear will ensure our products remain on the bleeding edge, which is great news for our customers.”