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Lightyear is developing long-range solar electric vehicles based on a holistic design philosophy. Efficiency is at the heart of everything we do: our proprietary technology, embedded in the core components, including the powertrain, thermal management system, and solar roof, is optimised to that one end.

Our innovations in hardware are mirrored by the efficiency of our software, which translates into a convenient user experience, based on our own developed software architecture and user interface.


The Lightyear

Working on our mission is a balanced team of over 200 dedicated people, both seasoned professionals and young, talented, high performing innovators.

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Founded first Solar Team Eindhoven in 2012

Lex Hoefsloot

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) — Co-founder

Developed core IP on Distributed-MPPT for most efficient solar array. Former team member of Solar Team Eindhoven

Arjo van der Ham

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) — Co-founder

Previous CFO Fatboy & EldoLED. Certified Public Auditor (Dutch Registeraccountant)

Laurens Weers

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Automotive product development specialist. Former Inalfa Roof Systems, Punch Powertrain and Royal Philips

Willem van den Corput

VP Engineering

Previous Executive Director of Procurement at Royal DSM. Experience at Volvo Car Corporation and VDL Nedcar

Hans Heijmans

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Former IP Specialist at FEI Company. Wrote over one hundred of patents on high tech systems

Rik Slingerland

IP Manager

One of the first Lightyear employees. In her role, she supported Lightyear’s growth from 7 to 120+ employees

Maijke Receveur

Chief People & Processes Officer (CPO)

Part of the 2015 World Championship team at Solar Team Eindhoven. Msc in Industrial Design

Martijn Lammers

Chief Strategy — Co-founder

Part of first Solar Team Eindhoven as battery storage engineer

Qurein Biewenga


Part of the first Solar Team Eindhoven. Worked for Philips, ASML and led design collaboration with Granstudio

Koen van Ham

Chief Design — Co-founder

Our advisors provide valuable advice within their areas of expertise, as well as help us connect to their network.

Bob O'Connor — Partner at Wilson Sonsini

Camilla van den Boom — Strategy Director at Sturrm

Ton Backx — President Institute for Photonic Integration TU/e

Jelle Vastert — Former Director of Global EV Charging at Tesla

Lowie Vermeersch — Founder/Creative Director at Granstudio (Former Design Director Pininfarina)

Floris van de Klashorst — Former Senior VP Mobility Services at VW Group and VP Connected Driving at HERE


At the centre of
‍‍high tech innovation

Innovation is part of Lightyear's DNA. We are located in the Automotive Campus in Helmond ⎯ part of the Brainport region of the Netherlands, at the heart of European innovation.

in numbers

Founded in September
World Solar Championships
3.3 billion
Media coverage (global reach)

For the development, production, assembly, and testing of our products, we work together with highly specialised and leading partners from the automotive industry. Lightyear is setting up its own network for the delivery and service of its vehicles, and works with different commercial partners, in order to make sure you can share or lease a Lightyear vehicle everywhere. Other partners provide valuable legal, HR, IT, and organisational advice, which support the growth of our company.

Building high-performance teams and organisation. Buy-in B2B platform

Granstudio — Styling
Italian design studio, led by Lowie Vermeersch (ex Pininfarina Chief Design)

CSi — Structural engineering
German engineering company

German engineering consultancy, which provides world-class engineering services

LeasePlan — Lease partner
Provides extensive B2B network and market insights

EP&C — Patent attorneys
High-tech industry specialists, updating and maintaining our patent portfolio



This partnership marks world’s first solar car subscription service

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December 15, 2021

Since the beginning of 2021, we have raised over $110 million (€93 million) in investments.

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September 16, 2021

Lightyear reaches $110M (€93M) funding milestone in 2021 YTD

July 29, 2021

Lightyear expands with a new location in Venray to produce solar roofs

Valmet Automotive will manufacture Lightyear One in Finland

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July 19, 2021

Valmet Automotive will manufacture Lightyear One in Finland

We achieved a significant milestone in our history: we drove over 440 miles (710 kilometres) on a single battery charge.

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July 8, 2021

Lightyear Validation Prototype — first performance tests

We are proud to announce a collaboration with the Dutch multinational SHV.

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May 17, 2021

Lightyear receives €20M investment from Dutch multinational SHV

The collaboration is the latest development demonstrating Lightyear's progress in delivering its mission.

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April 22, 2021

Lightyear & Bridgestone partnership

Lightyear successfully closes $45M funding round

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March 12, 2021

Lightyear successfully closes $45M funding round

We are thankful to have won the Rising Star and Most Disruptive Innovator award in this year's edition

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November 26, 2020

Lightyear wins 2 Deloitte Fast 50 awards

Hardware Integration Testing — Video

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November 13, 2020

Hardware Integration Testing

July 3, 2020

BOM & Sioux's investment shows commitment to Lightyear

High-tech company Lightyear releases two Lightyear Research Vehicles to test its integrated solar technology on the road

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June 19, 2020

First Lightyear Research Vehicles hit the road

Lightyear was accepted by the Solar Impulse Foundation to receive the Solar Impulse Label.

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January 23, 2020

Solar Impulse Label for Lightyear One

Lightyear is granted a €2.5M European subsidy

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December 31, 2019

Horizon 2020 Programme Grant

Lightyear One has been acknowledged as one of the 100 inventions of 2019 TIME magazine!

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November 21, 2019

TIME Best Inventions 2019

Deloitte buys 1 million sustainable car kilometres as part of their lease fleet.

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September 19, 2019

Lightyear Partners with Deloitte.

Lightyear was named the best startup of 2019 in the Netherlands on LinkedIn.

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September 6, 2019

LinkedIn Dutch Top Start-up 2019

The prototype of Lightyear One is presented at an unveiling for a live audience.

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June 26, 2019

Lightyear One Prototype Unveiling

After months of preparation, the private Design Unveiling gives a first look at a life-size model of Lightyear One.

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September 1, 2018

Design Unveiling of Lightyear One

Lightyear wins a Climate Change Innovator Award at CES in Las Vegas.

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July 11, 2018

CES Climate Change Innovator Awards

Lightyear officially announces plans to the public, immediately gathering attention from across the world.

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October 2, 2017

Lightyear meets the public

Lightyear is named a finalist in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge.

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July 12, 2017

Postcode Loterij Green Challenge Finalist

The Lightyear founders opened an office in Eindhoven to attract investors and team members.

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November 10, 2016

Lightyear is founded

Second Solar Team achieves unprecedented 1500-kilometer journey on single charge and second World Solar Challenge Title.

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January 2, 2015

Stella Lux is created

Stella wins Crunchie for Best Technology Achievement at TechCrunch. The solar car beats Apple, SpaceX and Blockchain.

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January 1, 2015

Stella wins a Crunchie

The world’s first solar-powered family car designed by students of Solar Team Eindhoven wins World Solar Challenge.

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January 1, 2013

Stella wins 1st Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 848620