Creating a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly car is always part of a car company’s agenda.
However, en route to creating a hybrid car that runs on batteries, the damage to the environment is done in the factory.
Kevin Czinger, founder of the small electric car company Coda, realised that the way he was producing his cars was doing almost as much harm as it was good.
Czinger quit his company and started Divergent Microfactories, and as a result, produced the Blade.
The Blade prototype is a supercar made from parts created by a 3D printer.
The frame is made mostly from carbon fibre, but the connectors (nodes) that joined the carbon fibre tubes together were formed by the 3D printer. As a result, the frame weighed around 50kg.
Next, the body is made from aerospace-grade carbon fibre shearing, and Czinger believes that you can make body panels for less than £700.
The engine, sourced from another manufacturer, is small with four cylinders and 700 horsepower, however in such a light car, its speed is supercar standard (0-60mph in 2.5 seconds) in and is kind to the environment.
Czinger set up his microfactory and believes that other companies can do the same for less than £3 million. By using the extremely light chassis and parts made by the 3D printer, it would reduce the cost and time for potential car manufacturers.
To turn the heads of clients, Czinger has set up a base in California to show off the Blade, which runs on gasoline and compressed natural gas.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
December 21, 2015