Honda’s Sweet 3D EV
Everyone loves—and not necessarily in this order—3D printing, electric vehicles and candy.
Well, maybe candy first.
Honda, working with Kabuku, a Japanese 3D printing startup, has created a short-range, micro electric vehicle for Toshimaya, a Japanese confectionery maker.
The vehicle has a chassis based on Honda’s pipe frame structure. Exterior panels and luggage space (or to be more specific, candy carrying space) were created with 3D printing.
The electric powertrain is based on Honda’s MC-β ultra-compact electric vehicle.
The printed car has a range of approximately 50 miles and a top speed of 43 mph.
The car is 98 inches long, 50 inches wide and 61 inches high. It weighs 1,327 pounds.
Toshiyama will use the vehicle for deliveries of its “Hato sablé,’’ a dove-shaped shortbread.
While you are probably familiar with origami, the classic art of paper folding that results in things like birds that flap their wings when you pull the tail, or plot devices in one of the Blade Runner films.
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