The old Saab manufacturer Valmet Automotive is commissioned to build the promising Dutch electric car.
Dutch Lightyears electric car One was shown in prototype form two years ago and now it is clear where the production will take place. The Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive, which currently produces Mercedes-Benz GLC and A-Class for Daimler, will be awarded the contract.
– We are very happy to have found a production partner to manufacture this exclusive model together with, says Lightyear’s CEO and co-founder Lex Hoefsloot in a statement.
– Valmet Automotive is a good partner, with a well-established track record and over a decade of experience in electric car production. They also fit well culturally with our company. We are proud that we will soon realize the production of Lightyear One with Valmet Automotive, the statement continues.
The slim sedan One should be really slippery – the cW value should be only 0.20 – and the manufacturer aims for a range of as much as 72.5 miles even though the battery is medium-sized (60 kWh). In addition, it has solar cells on the roof that can charge the battery to provide at most 5-7 miles of extra range on sunny summer days, according to Lightyear.
The possibility of fast charging is all the less impressive, if you just look at the kW figure: at most 60 kW DC. But because the car is so energy efficient, it should, according to the manufacturer, mean that you can charge 57 miles range in one hour.
Valmet Automotive in Nystad was founded in 1968 as Saab-Valmet, a joint venture between the Finnish city-owned industrial giant Valmet and Swedish Saab-Scania. A total of 738,000 Saab cars were built by Valmet 1969–2003. But they have also built, among others, Porsche Boxster and Cayman, Opel Calibra as well as the small Norwegian electric car Think City and the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma.
– Our experience as a car manufacturer and our focus on electric mobility and battery systems make us predetermined for processes where mobility must be redefined. We are ready to enter new areas also in the manufacture of cars and are therefore pleased that Lightyear has chosen us as their production partner, says Olaf Bongwald, CEO of Valmet Automotive in a statement.
Production start of Lightyear One’s “exclusive” first series is now nailed to the summer of 2022, but already in January the first prototypes will roll off the band in Nystad.
Source: Senaste nytt från auto motor & sport by www.mestmotor.se.
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