Electric car from a 3D printer: Tesla alternative

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An Italian start-up named XEV shows an electric car on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, the components of which come from the 3D printer.

Although it is relatively compact, it also costs significantly less than the current Stromer from Tesla, Nissan or BMW.

What about performance and security?

XEV YoYo: I print out my electric car

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At first glance, the XEV YoYo is reminiscent of well-known mini city cars like Smart Fortwo or Renault Twizy – at least in terms of appearance, the YoYo is closer to these models than a Tesla Model S.

The dimensions are compact 2.5 × 1.5 meters, at 1.6 meters high. The design is futuristic and would fit into a science fiction anime – hard to tell if that’s nice.

In any case, it is consistently drawn through, which should attract attention on the streets.

But mainly in the city, because the range of use is somewhat limited with a maximum range of 150 kilometres.

Here are the most important key technical data  of electric car:

  • Name: XEV YoYo
  • Dimensions: 250 × 150 × 160 cm
  • Weight: 750 kg
  • Power: 7.5 kW / 10 HP continuous power; 22 kW / 30 PS with 30-second boost
  • Top speed: 70 km / h
  • Battery: Lithium iron phosphate battery with 9.2 kilowatt-hours
  • Range: 150 kilometres
  • Sound of electric cars

This is the official presentation video for the XEV YoYo, where founder and CEO Lou Tik talks about the advantages of 3D printing in automotive engineering.

The electric car mostly comes from industrial 3D printers, which should not only save costs (development, manufacture).

But also enable fast individualization for the respective customer.

Nevertheless, it is not a “plastic car“, because, in terms of safety, the manufacturer must rely on proven principles and materials of vehicle construction:

The heart of the electric car is a robot-welded steel frame, which in cooperation with specialized chassis designers using the latest industry-standard software and computer-aided analysis.

XEV also names airbags and ABS as part of the basic equipment.

3D printer cars: price and availability of the XEV Yoyo

The price for the tiny electric car from the 3D printer is said to be 7,995 euros. The starts of production state as “August 2020“.

So that delivery should take place at the end of 2020.

As always with Kickstarter projects, it has to be checked with some caution whether this actually works, because first, the campaign has to collect the necessary change in the amount of 500,000 euros.

If this does not come together, it will probably remain with the prototype and a fundamentally interesting idea.

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