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Fully Solar-Powered EV Wins Major Award For Combating Climate Change

By Brian Spaen

Adding solar technology to electric vehicles is an ideal evolution in theory, but for many in the industry, practicality remains an issue. This skepticism hasn’t stopped a Dutch startup from developing Lightyear One, a vehicle that finally has the ability to be powered by just sunlight. Their revolutionary development earned them the new Climate Change Innovator Award at CES 2018.

What does this mean? To begin with, Lightyear will receive a plaque for the award and will be recognized during the CES 2018 Sustainability Day on Thursday, January 11th. The Consumer Technology Association announced in October that they would be featuring this new award to highlight multiple startups that are using technology to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. Gary Shapiro, CEO of CTA, believes the tech industry needs to be a major player in climate change.

"Consumer tech already provides many solutions to address climate challenges well beyond the electronics industry. Home automation systems cut unnecessary energy use, tech-enabled telecommuting reduces car travel and emissions, and newer tech products use less electricity. And there's nowhere better than CES, the global stage for innovation, to scout the next startup that can deliver meaningful emission reductions."