The company supported by billionaire Li Ka-Shing from Hong Kong has announced plans to print electric vehicles in Shanghai. These will mainly be used to taxi and ride-hailing services in China.
Production of the 3D printed cars is set to start after completion of crash tests in the next 12 to 18 months. The factory has the reported capacity to print up to 10,000 EVs per year. The required printing technology is being provided by the US American company Divergent 3D, who holds a 27% stake in WE Solutions.
Divergent is planning to further sell the technology to other automobile manufacturers in China, or even eventually all of Asia. The factories are relatively cheap to set up, as well as modular, which is why WE Solutions plans to use this factory as a reference project, which will demonstrate the technology.