Startups are leading the solar electric vehicle innovation

A lot of people think car innovation begins and ends with Tesla. But Tesla was founded in 2003, almost 20 years ago. 

Now, there’s a new breed of automaker startups advancing materials innovation and sustainable motoring. And they’re doing it using solar technology to make solar electric vehicles.

The two startups are Lightyear Motors and Sonos Motors. They both hail from Europe — from the Netherlands and Germany –and both started their journey in 2016. While most automakers seem stagnant in “nice to have” solar sunroofs, it’s these startups that are evolving the technology to new capabilities.

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