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This $10,000 3D-Printed Electric Car Will Be on the Market in 1 Year

Fortune logo Fortune 3/19/2018 Hallie Detrick

Consumers in China will be able to buy mass-produced, 3D-printed electric cars for under $10,000 by Q2 2019.

The Italian company X Electrical Vehicle (XEV) will team up with Polymaker, a manufacturer of 3-D printing materials, to make the LSEV, which XEV claims will be the first mass-produced 3D-printed car. The company says it has already received more than 7,000 orders for the cars from the Italian postal service and from ARVAL, a vehicle-leasing service.

The cars top out at 70 kilometers per hour (a little under 45 MPH) and have a range of 150 kilometers (just over 90 miles). A designer for XEV told South China Morning Post that China was the biggest market for their cars, and the company is in talks to set up a production line on the mainland.

a car parked in a parking lot: LSEV is 3D-printed low-speed electric vehicle that's expected to go on sale next year.© VCG VCG via Getty Images LSEV is 3D-printed low-speed electric vehicle that's expected to go on sale next year.

The cars reportedly take around three days to manufacture. Everything visible on the car except the windows, chassis, and seats is 3D printed.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: The 3D-printed LSEV is cheap but slow.© VCG—Getty Images The 3D-printed LSEV is cheap but slow.

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