“We came into contact with the world of solar-powered vehicles a few years ago, when we gave our styling support to a team of students from the University of Eindhoven that had won the World Solar Challenge. It was the initiative of some of those students that led to the Dutch Lightyear start-up and the concept of this car”, he says.
“Working on this project has been a testing but highly stimulating challenge. The brief was to develop a car that would be attractive to a family of five and that would incorporate 5 square metres of solar panelling in the roof. A daunting task”, Vermeersch smiles, “because aerodynamics requires a convergence of lines, while solar panels, by their nature, demand parallelism”.