This electric tricycle is 3D printed from plastic waste

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An electric load trike concept from EOOS NEXT offers a solution for plastic waste. The trike is called the Zero-Emission Utility Vehicle or ZUV, and the chassis was 3D printed from plastic waste from supermarkets, New Atlas reports.

The Austrian social enterprise / industrial design studio wanted to create an e-mobility concept with a locally and economically produced chassis.

A research and design studio, The New Raw in Rotterdam, took around 154 pounds of recycled plastic raw material and turned it into the chassis using industrial 3D printing robots. However, the plastic rotational molding process added with EOOS NEXT could also be used.

The ZUV offers space for two people and includes a storage box that can be buckled up. The trike measures 62 x 190 x 55 inches and weighs approximately 220 pounds. The net weight can be up to 661 pounds.

The tricycle design was a choice to enable driving on city streets or well-trodden paths. There is an unspecified hub motor on the rear wheel that enables the trike to travel at 25 km / h, and the battery allows a range of 50 km per charge. There is also the option of installing a more powerful motor.

A steering column sits in the middle of the trike and steers the front wheels. Each wheel is equipped with disc brakes and thick tires. Fluorescent tubes can also be found on the front and back of the chassis.

This concept could help the environment by preventing large amounts of plastic waste from being dumped onto land and into water. One study estimates that 1.3 billion tons of plastic waste could accumulate on land and in the oceans by 2040.

Photo credit: Studio Theresa Bentz

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