Chinese car-maker XEV and 3D-printing-connected startup Polymaker have come up with a new offering LSEV. The model supposedly takes only 3 days to make it. Except chassis, seats and glass, all the other components are 3D printed. LSEV is expected to be sold at a price of $7,500 and is almost ready to be mass produced. The details were unveiled at the press conference at the China 3D-Printing Cultural Museum in Shanghai.
According to Dr. Luo Xiaofan, co-founder and CEO of Polymaker:
“XEV is the first real mass production project using 3D printing. By saying real, I mean there are also lots of other companies using 3D printing for production. But nothing can really compare with XEV in terms of the size, the scale, and the intensity.”
XEV CEO “Stanley” added that:
“After the research and investigation of the global auto market, they decided to design a small electric vehicle that can achieve C2M (Customer-to-Manufacturer) manufacturing which is stated as a main goal of the Industry 4.0 strategy.”
Coming to the specifications:
- Dimensions: 2.5m x 1.3m x 1.5m
- Kerb Weight: 450 Kg
- Top speed: 70 Km/h
- Range: 150 Km
3D Printing brings the number of panels down from 2,000 to only 57 panels as claimed by XEV. This reduction gives encouraging results by shaving off about 450 Kg . It makes the car weigh much less than its competition. 3D printing technologies have advanced to some very high degree in the past decades.
With the emergence of Hyper performance Electric Vehicles, LSEV is an out of the box solution that will be a ray of hope to the people waiting for an affordable electric vehicle. It will satisfy the urban and city dweller needs and will suit the local errands.
With time when the technology matures, it can also prove to be a city mobility solution in future.
Source: Clean Technica