Lex Hoefslot

Lightyear One

Lex Hoefsloot | Lightyear One

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Lex Hoefsloot is on a mission to make clean mobility accessible for everyone, everywhere. As a founder of Lightyear and former initiator of the successful Eindhoven team competing in the World Solar Challenge, it is with focus on holistic design that Lightyear is pioneering technology to revolutionise mobility.

Lex and his team are developing Lightyear One, the world’s first long-range solar car, powered by the sun, made possible through efficient design. With every aspect optimised for aerodynamics, solar yield, and weight reduction, it is the first step in bringing about scalable clean mobility. Independent from charging infrastructure through its exceptional range and solar roof, Lightyear One is about setting mobility free from the electricity grid. It is the first step on our journey towards a positive impact and towards driving a lightyear’s worth of clean kilometres by 2035.


The last few years, I have had the privilege to work with some of the brightest and entrepreneurial people in the High-Tech Brainport region of the Netherlands. Building Lightyear is a collaborative effort, where passion for technology, the earth and great products come together. Lightyear grew from 5 to 140 people in about 2 years. As Lightyear is a technology company, all most all effort goes into R&D.

The common denominator for all of the projects I have done: They all used the latest technology to create products that fast-forward us into a new age. We started with a blank piece of paper, full of idea’s and both projects received huge response from world-wide media.

I strongly believe technology should be used for the right purposes, not to sell ads or products people don’t need, but to directly challenge the world’s biggest problems. We are not alone, technology is here to give us a hand.