3D printing conquered a new industry – and that of cars. It is very common for new 3D printers to log in to crowdfunding websites for sales and promotions, but the 3D printed cars sold on crowdfunding websites have never been seen before.
The world’s first 3D printed car, XEV YOYO, went to the market in the form of crowdfunding. Designed by Italian electric car company XEV and 3D printing material company Polymaker, the car has a light weight and low cost. In addition to offering efficient fuel use, the design has managed to reduce the thousands of components used in traditional cars to 57 parts.
This mini electric vehicle YOYO is 2.5 meters in length, 1.5 meters in width, and weighs 450 kg without batteries. A 10-horsepower electric motor gives the car the speed of 70 km/h (43 mph), the cruising range is 150Km (93 miles), thanks to the 9.2-kilowatt-hour battery pack.
Through the cooperation of multiple automotive-grade intelligent 3D printers, it achieves environmentally-friendly, efficient, and low-cost automotive 3D printing production lines. Except for the chassis, seats, and windows, all visible parts of the car are 3D printed, with an incredible 70% savings compared to traditional techniques.
What else? This compact mini XEV YOYO has a panoramic roof, keyless entry, electric mirrors, and trunk storage space which is capable of holding two ‘carry-on’ suitcases, or a serious shopping-sprees worth of bags! It also comes equipped with a large touchscreen for the infotainment and vehicle information are standard, and LED technology to ensure bright, consistent performance whilst massively reducing power consumption. Also, Daytime Running Lights (DRL) boost your visibility to others, providing even more safety.
The mini XEV YOYO is priced at 5,999 euros (about US$6,650) a car and is scheduled to be shipped in December 2020; the crowdfunding target amount 500,000 euros. XEV’s first 3D printed electric car, YOYO, has already entered Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform.