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Almost entirely made from parts created by a 3D printer, the LSEV is expected to launch in China in early 2019. Weighing 450 kilos, this electric car will cost €6,000 and can carry two people for 150 kilometres at a maximum speed of 70 kmh.

 

A small electric car made almost entirely from 3D-printed parts, the LSEV could launch on the Chinese market in the second quarter of 2019. It would be the first mass-produced model of its kind.

The two-seater car was unveiled by the Italian company X Electrical Vehicle (XEV) at a 3D printing trade show in Shanghai in March, reports the website Moteur Nature. XEV are specialists in non-fossil fuel transport.

 

Three-day assembly process

 

XEV has teamed up with Polymaker, a Shanghai company that specialises in 3D printing, reports Fortune. The concept developed by the two partners is particularly innovative and original as it allows customers to place an order for the LSEV online, with delivery taking place three days later. That is the time it takes to assemble the car, which weighs 450kg.

All the visible parts of the car, which is not unlike the Smart in appearance, are made by 3D printing, with the exception of the chassis, the seats and glass components. In developing the car, the two companies kept the number of 3D-printed components to a strict minimum – 57 in total – hence the speed with which it can be delivered.

 

A €6,000 price tag

 

The concept also keeps the price down; the LSEV’s list price is €6,000. According to its manufacturers, the car has an operating range of 150 kilometres and has a top speed of 70 kmh.

Speaking to the China Morning Post, an XEV engineer explained that the manufacturer is now looking to set up an LSEV production plant in China, the Italian company’s main market. XEV and Polymaker are also looking beyond Asia. According to some sources, they have already taken 7,000 pre-orders for the car from Poste Italiane – the Italian postal services provider – and French car leasing firm Arval.

 

 

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