3D printing is not new for the automotive industry, but so far this technology is limited to a very small series of exotic cars or parts. That’s why LSEV will be interested enough because its makers say it will become the “world’s first mass-electric electric vehicle printed on a 3D printer.” Expectations are to come into production in the second quarter of 2019. Behind this project stand the Chinese Polymaker and the Italian XEV. The first company is responsible for the 3D technology, while the second one for the electric drive.
Polymaker claims that all visible parts of the vehicle, except for the chassis, the seats and the glass, are 3D-printed. This approach has allowed to reduce the number of parts from the average of 2000 to 57, excluding the parts of the drive. The total mass of the car is only 450 kg.
Another advantage of the 3D printing is that LSEV’s design can be done between the period of 3 and 12 months, while for a conventional car this process takes 3 to 5 years.
There are already 7,000 European orders for LSEV-5000 from Poste Italiane and 2000 by the leasing company ARVAL.
Very little is known from the technical part. The car will cost around 8,000 euros, its battery will guarantee a maximum mileage of 150 km and will be able to develop up to 70 km / h.