3D printing is not something we haven’t seen before. We have told you about some expensive 3D printers, like a $40,000 (£25,000) 3D printer and HP’s £13,000 3D Printer, and a 3D pen that could draw prototypes in 3D, but none of that could match the Urbee Hybrid, the first ever car to have its entire body, including its glass panel prototypes, 3D printed with an additive manufacturing process.
“Designed from the ground up with environmentally sustainable principles in mind, Urbee offers some pretty impressive fuel efficiency numbers. The electric/liquid fuel vehicle uses both electric and gas motors in a series/parallel hybrid setup that allows it to achieve more than 200 mpg (1.2L/100km) on the highway and 100 mpg (2.3L/100km) in city driving with either gasoline or ethanol. For combined city and highway use, the Urbee gets about 150 mpg (1.6L/100km) and costs just two cents per mile. It can be charged overnight from a standard home electrical outlet.”