Stratasys Inc has developed an environmental friendly vehicle code-named Urbee. The automobile will be on display at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas from November 2 to 5. The Minneapolis –based company is partnering with Winnipeg engineering group Kor Ecologic to build this first-ever prototype car.
The car will have its entire body 3D printed with an additive process. The external part especially its glass panels have been created using Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus 3D Production Systems at its digital manufacturing service RedEye on Demand.
Urbee delivers over 200 miles per gallon on the highway. It is also expected to give an impressive 100 miles a gallon in the city. It can be charged overnight from any standard home electrical outlet. It can also be charged using renewable energy from a windmill or a solar-panel array small enough to fit atop a single-car garage. For combined city and highway drive, the Urbee gives about 150 miles per gallon, costing about 2 cents a mile, which is about 10 percent of the fuel consumed by a typical SUV.
The vehicle will have to face tight competitions since more and more automobile companies are claiming to offer effective and sustainable solutions to reduce GHG emissions and thereby reduce the dependence on petroleum. Usually the hybrid vehicles are made by applying ‘green’ standards to traditional vehicle formats.
But this electric or liquid fuel hybrid car was designed with environmentally sustainable principles dictating every step of its design thus standing unique.
The stage by stage development procedure of the car has already been chronicled by the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet for future broadcast. Urbee is the only practical car that can run solely on renewable energy, claims the manufacturers.
They further made it clear that their goal in designing it was to be as ‘green’ as possible throughout the design and manufacturing processes.