Electric 3D Printed Car Made with 57 Components
Dec. 20, 2019—Chinese startup XEV has been working on a 3D-printed electric car since 2016, reported Digital Trends.
Previously called LSEV and now branded YoYo, the 3D-printed car is made from just 57 components. A 10-horsepower electric motor gives the car a 43-mph speed. A 9.2-kilowatt-hour battery pack provides enough juice for a claimed 93 miles of driving,
XEV has not discussed plans to sell the YoYo in the United States. The YoYo’s small size and low top speed mean it would, at best, be classified as a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV).
Local Motors has already 3D-printed a handful of examples of its Strati electric car, and large automakers have experimented with using 3D printing for certain car parts. Volkswagen plans to use 3D printers to make small items like gearshift knobs before eventually moving up to bigger components. Ford used some 3D-printed parts in the brake system of its Shelby GT500 Mustang, and the Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato has some 3D-printed interior trim pieces.