Oak Ridge scientists built interconnected 3D printed house and car
Car Has 35-Mile Single-Charge Range, House Is Kind Of Small
The Jeep-looking vehicle can go as far as 35 miles on a single charge, but it can also be fitted with a natural-gas-powered range extender. The 210-square-foot house (can we just call it a really big tent?) has solar panels that capture the sun's energy and turn it into the electricity for both the house and car. The bigger issue is that the electricity flows wirelessly between the house and car via inductive charging. Other entities involved in the project include GE Appliances, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Johnson Controls, and the University of Tennessee.
Other folks have been delving into the brave new 3D-printed car world. Earlier this year, Local Motors showed off what it said was the world's first 3D-printed concept vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show. Local Motors said at the time that it was working with Oak Ridge and that the partnership would start making the model, called the Strati, later this year.
This summer, the University of Michigan said a project involving 3D-printed, low-speed, self-driving electric vehicles would be tested around campus starting as soon as next year.
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