According to Lightyear, Christian von Koenigsegg praised Lex and his colleagues at the Dutch startup. The Koenigsegg founder said they “have developed transformative technologies” and that this background will help Koenigsegg’s products “remain on the bleeding edge.” If you look at both CEOs’ declarations, it seems they expect the same things from the partnership or are just keeping their statements pretty superficial.
It gets a bit stranger: only Lightyear shared the information. On Koenigsegg’s press page, there is no mention of the undisclosed investment in Lightyear, the partnership, or anything remotely related to the Dutch company. When two automakers establish any alliance, the protocol is that both will share the news. At least Koenigsegg didn’t deny it, which would also be standard if the story was fake.
We can think about some stuff that Koenigsegg has that would suit Lightyear. One of them is the battery which is almost like a supercapacitor. It absorbs energy faster than other lithium-ion cells, something useful to recover energy from braking or seize all the electricity generated by the embedded solar panels in the vehicle’s body. The issue is that these cells cost 20 times more than the regular ones. That does not match affordable cars very well.
The raxial-flux motor developed by Koenigsegg would also be interesting if it could be installed in the wheel, as the Elaphe motors that the Lightyear 0 uses. The Dutch company should stick with this recipe for its solar cars, but we don’t think Koenigsegg will adopt in-wheel motors. That all said, it would be great to hear the two CEOs share more than platitudes and say what is in the deal for both companies. We’ll wait.