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.



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.