TARC develops a 3D printed two-seat electric vehicle
Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium (TARC) has developed a two-seat electric vehicle (EV) with body made by using a 3D printer. The two-seat electric vehicle equipped with a 6.6kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery can travel 60-100km (approx 37.3-62.1 miles) per charge. Its maximum speed is 60km/h (approx 37.3mph). The EV measures 2,780 (L) x 1,440 (W) x 1,570mm (H), and its wheelbase is 1,770mm. Its maximum output and maximum torque are 7kW and 44N•m, respectively.
Equipped with a 6.6kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, it can travel 60-100km (approx 37.3-62.1 miles) per charge. Its maximum speed is 60km/h (approx 37.3mph). The EV does not have a monocoque structure, which is commonly used for vehicles, and its body and frame were separately designed. Necessary collision safety can be realized just by the frame. As a result, it becomes possible to freely design the exterior of the body.The frame of EV is made of aluminum (Al) and has a mass of 98.7kg. If the rear part of the frame is extended, it is possible to make pickup trucks, three-seat vehicles, etc. Also, by changing the shape of the Al frame, it can be used for two-wheeled vehicles and bicycles. TARC aims to reduce the cost by 30-40% by increasing production scale. TARC has not yet decided when to commercialize it. TARC is directly run by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (Taiwan).