World’s First 3D Printed Car Made in Chicago
At 2015 Detroit Auto Show presented the latest innovation by Local Motors, Strati Roadster which it says is the world’s first functional 3D printed electric car which is made of plastic components while other mechanical components of the vehicle, including the battery, motor and suspension, were taken from various sources, such as urban electric car Renault Twizy.
The Strati, considered a two seater “neighborhood” electric vehicle, depending on the battery packs, the range of the car can be from 100 to 120 miles (160 to 190 km) with maximum speed of 40 mph (64 km/h).
This car model is not designed to be used on highways as it does not meet the required safety test requirements, but it can be licensed without having to pass all of the standard safety tests. The company plans to start selling production by the end of 2015, the prices will range between $18,000 and $30,000.
Resource: Scientific American