The house is really small and the single-charge range is fairly minuscule as well, but the idea is very, very big. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has built a demonstration project that includes a house and car that can transfer electric power between each other. The kicker is that both the abode and the wheels are 3D-printed, according to Bold Ride. The project is called AMIE (Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy).

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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