This SA-born entrepreneur is helping to build a 'Tesla killer' – a car fully powered by the sun
The Dutch-owned company Lightyear has much in common with Tesla.
Both want to revolutionise the automotive industry with vehicles that don't run on petrol. Both also have founders from Pretoria. In Tesla's case, Elon Musk attended Pretoria Boys High. Qurein Biewenga, Lightyear's co-founder, went to Hoërskool Waterkloof.
Lightyear has been making waves with its plans for a four-wheel-drive luxury sedan that will be powered by the sun, named the Lightyear One.
In colder countries, the vehicle should be able to do 10,000 kilometres a year on solar charging alone, without ever needing a wall plug. In sunnier places – like South Africa – the car should be able to reach 32,000 kilometres powered by the sun.
|This SA-born entrepreneur is helping to build a 'Tesla killer' – a car fully powered by the sun
In a country like South Africa, it could travel up to 32,000 km a year on solar only.