Helmond is the place where innovation happens. At the Automotive Campus, the Lightyear One is being finalized. An electric car on solar energy with a range of no less than 725 kilometers. SKM recently made the hubcaps for the most recent test model.
Its unique vehicle architecture and technology have been developed in Helmond with high efficiency in mind, allowing Lightyear One to consume only 83 Wh/km — two to three times less energy than any other electric vehicle on the market today. This results in an exceptional range of 725 km (WLTP) with the lowest emissions, the lowest charging frequency and 7,000 to 20,000 kilometres of free, effortless and clean solar range every year.
High quality hubcabs
For the hubcaps, the car manufacturer approached SKM. Project leader Jeroen Mertens explains: ‘To guarantee the highest quality, we printed the master model in a vertical position and in two parts. These parts are glued and seamlessly finished. The molds are reinforced with steel tubes to prevent sagging of the mold (under its own weight). This guarantees that the product also gets the right thickness.’ After the parts had been cast, the hubcaps were painted in a satin gloss and the high-gloss silver and black accents were applied. The result? Highest quality hubcaps for the car of the future.
Keep a close eye on Helmond’s roads, the Lightyear One will be on the market in 2022!