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By TT News| Apr 23, 2021

Bridgestone And Lightyear Collaborate for the World's First Long-Range Solar Electric Car

Bridgestone has partnered with Lightyear to engineer tyres specifically for Lightyear One, the world’s first long-range solar electric vehicle.

The vehicle offers a range of 725km and is charged directly by the sun through a large solar roof, minimising CO2 emissions.

The custom-engineered Turanza Eco tyres are designed to boost range when compared to alternative Bridgestone EV-specific tyres, equivalent to more than a 90kg reduction in weight.

Emilio Tiberio, COO & CTO, Bridgestone EMIA, explains, “Lightyear have impressed with their approach to sustainable mobility ever since we saw the team take on the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, and so we’re excited to play a part in the Lightyear One project. Bridgestone is committed to a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and 100% sustainable materials by 2050 and strategic partnerships are fundamental to achieving these goals.”

Lex Hoefsloot, CEO, Lightyear, adds, “We’re particularly happy to see this collaboration between Bridgestone and Lightyear, with two companies that share a vision for future sustainable mobility coming together. The world is already experiencing unprecedented change and challenges, and through innovation and cutting-edge technologies we can work together to grasp the opportunities head-on and create a more sustainable world.”

The Lightyear One is set for commercial availability by the end of this year. (TT)

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