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3D Printed Solar Electric Vehicle Answered

Last months, as passive and low energy construction business went down in Romania, I had time to revival an old project - Zero Emission Solar Electric Vehicle. While researching online and off-line for chassis, body and materials suppliers and manufacturers, went to the 3D Printing idea for chassis, body and parts! There are already at least 2 cars printed so, and I'd like to share what I know already and also to learn from you.

The vehicles will be modular, also. Hope you will love this idea, when I will have design ready and show it here :) 

We might use Open Source Vehicles chassis, but not sure about this, because 3D printing will reduce the need of many parts that are in a classical chassis and body. 

Your info brought here and your decent comments will be deeply appreciated.

Thank you!

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Downunder35m

3 years ago

First I would inquire about the problem of being road legal.
Unless you plan to build it just as a fun project with no real world use...

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MTeodorDownunder35m

Reply 3 years ago

BTW, you are from Australia! There might be a problem to get it road legal... I don't know, but I heard this from a friend who lives there. But you also have there many electric and solar car projects, some are advanced enough, they aren't road legal yet?
http://www.evxventures.com/the-immortus.html

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Downunder35mMTeodor

Reply 3 years ago

Most of these cars using alternative energies started as pure concept cars, some like the Tesla made it into production.
So yes, it is possible but don't think just because you can drive your home made solar vehicle in Romania that you won't be stopped at the border for road safety checks.
Keep in mind it is not just your safety but also the safety of others that needs to be considered in a vehicle these days.
And a car with very limited crash zones and formed like a blade will definately not make it into the favourites lists of the automobile clubs.

Here in AU it would be quite easy in some areas to just use solar powered cars but the technology is not far enough to provide solutions that are safe and cheap enough for the masses.

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MTeodorDownunder35m

Reply 3 years ago

Don't worry, after 30 years of work in this area, I am aware about all these things. It will be one of the safest to drive on roads solar electric vehicle. Safety it is not a hard problem to resolve, but you're right about the prices.

However, cannot be cheap, but affordable, yes! Tesla is a very narrow niche car, and it has very high profit margin for makers! :(

BTW, I work on this project with an Australian solar developer :)

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MTeodorDownunder35m

Reply 3 years ago

That's easy task in Romania, where I will drive it first. After having it legal here, I can drive it in the European Union, too. I don't know yet about USA, but my first interest is Europe. However, I have connections with USA partners also.

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MTeodor

3 years ago

However, Immortus is not 3D printed, but solar and electric project...