Collin Arocho
9 November

EV developer Lightyear has announced a renewed partnership with Dutch semiconductor giant NXP. The two sides have been collaborating since the student solar racing team turned carmaker participated in the Solar World Championship in 2013. This latest development will see the chipmaker’s products in the Helmond-based startup’s Lightyear One, which has been delayed until the summer of next year, and the company’s future high-volume series EV, which is now set for release in 2024-2025. According to Lightyear, the use of NXP’s semiconductors enables faster prototype development, faster time to market and can help power the companies’ ambitions for autonomous driving capabilities in future EVs.

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Lightyear CEO Lex Hoefsloot and NXP executive director Maurice Geraets. Credit: Lightyear

Outside of this collaboration, NXP and Lightyear are also partnering in a project named Compas, part of the European Itea3 subsidy program. The project will enable them to develop digital twins, like the Vehicle Performance Model. This will be like a real-time digital representation of a Lightyear car. With the help of Compas, the duo will work to simulate durability during the design phase in order to significantly shorten the development phase and the number of iterations for the vehicle.

According to the EV developer, NXP’s technology will be present in everything from the battery management system to the driver-vehicle interface and the vehicle control unit to the solar converters. “NXP’s leading technology enables us to significantly reduce our development time and at the same time ensure top-level quality chip technology,” says Lightyear co-founder and CEO Lex Hoefsloot.