LIUX unveiled the first 3D-printed plant-based electric vehicle
Santa Pola-based sustainable automotive company LIUX unveiled a new electric vehicle, Animal.
Animal is made with 90% recycled and plant-based materials. The body of the vehicle, interiors, and part of chassis, is made from bio-polymer-based organic fibers and resins. Also, the vehicle has 25% less pieces and materials than normal cars. The molds for the body panels are 3D printed, and the panels are press molded, resulting in a 50% reduction in emissions.
The vehicle’s top speed is 200 km/h, and its peak power is 240cv.
The body panels are made of a material called “Amphibian Skin,” which is made of cork, linen, reinforced linen, primer, and paint. The vehicle’s chassis is made from recycled aluminum by 3D printing technology. These technologies cut manufacturing times and reduce energy and CO2 emissions of this process by 70%.
“A large part of the outer bodywork will be made of vegetable fibers, especially flax, formed and molded with the help of vegetable resins. The objective is that 90% of the resins are based on soy and other organic elements,” said LIUX and added, “The objective is to run small factories, with the capacity to produce about 25,000 units per plant and to place different factories in different geographical areas, close to demand.”
And also, electric vehicle usage data feeds Liux’s artificial intelligence engines, which provide continuous evolutionary improvement and limitless possibilities. The system of the vehicle operates with Android and a 5G connection.