Just saw this brief video review testdriving lightyear 0. Thought some of us may find interesting:
Most interesting to me is how much power the 1000w solar panel generates. Appear that the most he experienced was ~68% when the car was parking under the sun. At one point during his test drive, the sun was behind the cloud and it dropped to 5-10%.
Good question, Alain. I only see surface area of their panels published from Lightyear website, so the Watt is more from second hand, for example, this article (link below) states that the company says “the maximum solar charging rate is just above 1 kilowatt”:
Hi Alain, the press release tells us a combined power of 1.05 kWp (see https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jJqKr3lOs8awvLdO8Ebl8lZNWXOk1GuY). This should be interpreted as the sum of all cells as if under STC. As you know well, this is a hypothetical power because the angle of incidence varies. This is mitigated by subdividing each panel in many parts and working with distributed mppt’s to limit the mismatch losses. You can see clearly on the videos made by journalists that the yield is around 600W, even on a summer day in central Spain.