3D printing has allowed a car company, known as X Electric Vehicle (XEV), and a printing company, Polymaker, to manufacture an electric car, LSEV, for only $7,500 (USD). By 3D printing the city-ready vehicle, XEV and Polymaker have knocked the number of individual plastic components down from the typically used 2,000 parts to just 57 (excluding the actual mirrors, lights, chassis and such).
The startup company wants to start 3D printing the tiny electric cars as soon as possible and aims for market entry in China in the second half of 2019.
"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," said, Dr Luo Xiaofan, co-founder and CEO of Polymaker.
The transportation industry is certainly in a state of disruption. Amidst this disruption — LSEV is an affordable solution for city drivers. The electric car's top speed is 43 miles per hour and it can cover a range of 93 miles per charge. According to Guo Xiaozheng, a designer from XEV, the company has already received 7,000 orders for the LSEV.
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