Fortune details the announcement of a brand-new 3D printed electric car. This $10,000 vehicle marks a collaboration between the Italian company X Electrical Vehicle (XEV) and Polymaker, a manufacturer of 3D printing materials.
The 3D printed electric car, LSEV, will be available to consumers in China on a mass-produced scale for under $10,000 by Q2 2019. XEV “claims the LSEV will be the first mass-produced 3D printed car.”
In fact, “the company says it has already received more than 7,000 orders for the cars from the Italian postal service and from ARVAL, a vehicle-leasing service.”
Perhaps what’s most exciting about XEV’s LSEV is that these “cars reportedly take around [only] three days to manufacture. Everything visible on the car, except the windows, chassis, and seats, are 3D printed.”
Now, before you get too excited, however, keep in mind that XEV and Polymaker’s LSEV have a top speed of 70km per hour (which is a little under 45 MPH) “and have a range of 150km (just over 90 miles.”
Despite these limitations, though, designers at XEV do foresee a large market for the LSEV in China. According to the South China Morning Post, XEV designers even claim “China was the biggest market for their cars, and the company is in talks to set up a production line on the mainland.”
Image and Quotes Courtesy of Fortune, XEV, and Polymaker