British company Helixx has revealed its 3D printed all-electric delivery van as the precursor to a series of commercial vehicles. The compact van measures 3.2m in length and 1.5m in width, with an interior storage capacity of 2,100 liters and a 500 kg payload.
The design, which incorporates a rear door 110cm wide and a load bay 140cm long, ensures compatibility with standard shipping pallets. Its single-seat central driving position maximizes cargo space and eliminates the need for adjustments in left-hand drive regions.
Though powertrain specifics are not provided, the structural and aesthetic elements of the van are 3D printed, which simplifies its assembly. The body consists of five primary components that interlock without welding, streamlining manufacturing by an estimated 50%. Helixx’s vision entails the van’s assembly in ‘Mobility Hubs’ globally, using 3D printing for all vehicle parts.
Helixx’s foray into 3D printed commercial vehicles could reshape local vehicle production methods and expand opportunities in emerging markets. Their approach offers flexibility in manufacturing, potentially influencing the commercial vehicle landscape. Helixx will begin production in 2024, initially with a run of 100 vehicles for the UK market.
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