3D-printed electric vehicle on its way to South Auckland

New Zealand’s first 3D-printed electric vehicle will be produced in South Auckland later this year, with the country’s government wanting 64,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2021.

 
 

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Entrepreneur Ira Munn, in partnership with engineering students at Massey University and Otara’s Accelerating Aotearoa, has been developing The Drop – a three-wheeled electric car – since last year.

The Drop will be legal on motorways – and boast a battery range of about 300 kilometres. A prototype is expected by August 2017 and a market model, at a cost of around US$10,000, by March 2018.

“It’s a first for New Zealand and I’m really excited that New Zealand can have an electric car it can call its own,” said Munn.

“I think there’s a lot of creativity here in South Auckland that hasn’t been unlocked yet.

“I’m excited about Ierospace having a role in helping accomplish that goal.

“I want our footpaths for pedestrians to be safe from vehicle exhausts – we’ll be improving the environment in many ways.”

Four years ago, Aucklander Ivan Sentch used 3D technology in an attempt to print a full-sized Aston Martin.

 
 

 
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