At the 2017 Taipei Ampa & Autotronics Taipei, Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium (TARC) introduced the world to an innovative 3D-printed two-seater electric vehicle.
The small-scale car boasts a lithium-ion battery that can travel up to about 62 miles on a single charge with maximum speeds of 60 km per hour. The entirety of the TARC car boasts a 3D-printed design, including both the exterior and interior of the vehicle. TARC created the design with a poly-lactic acid (PLA) material made from plant-derived starch and the doors of steel.
With a few tweaks to the design, the simple two-seater design has the potential to be changed into a pickup truck, a three-seater or another small-scale car to suit different purposes. The TARC car is just one example of how additive manufacturing may be used to significantly reduce manufacturing costs and environmental strain.