The XEV Yoyo is a 3D-printed electric mini produced by Hong Kong-based startup XEV.
The production model debuted at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA – International Automobile Exhibition) in Munich in September 2021, and it was also on display at the 2022 Paris Motor Show.
XEV Youyao Technology and the Chinese state government established a joint venture in 2020 to conduct R&D, production, and vehicle export activities.
XEV Yoyo will enter the European market in 2021, with a retail price range of 13,900 to 15,900 Euros.
According to the carmaker, the cumulative sales volume that year became the highest sales volume of Chinese new energy brands in Europe.
Nearly 10,000 units have been sold so far, and its total revenue in Europe has already surpassed 100 million Euros.
The Yoyo is only 2,530mm long, 1,500mm wide, 1,560mm tall, and has a 1,680mm wheelbase. The vehicle’s curb weight is only 400 kg.
The Yoyo was designed by XEV with three key objectives in mind: the environment, convenience, and individuality.
With a length of less than 2.5 metres, the Yoyo is not only easy to park, but it also has a turning radius of less than 4 metres, making it very agile for maneuvering within the city.
This car was designed by XEV with only 57 components. The only non-3D printed components are the chassis, seats, and glass components. Enhanced nylon, polylactic acid, and thermoplastic polyurethane are among the 3D printing materials used. To meet the needs of the customer, the door trims can be 3D printed with any pattern or colour.
Inside, there’s a flat-bottom steering wheel and a vibrant dashboard with a free-standing 7-inch screen, as well as a phone holder and a panoramic roof.
The centre console has charging ports as well as storage space. While the 2-seater EV has enough head and legroom for two passengers as well as adequate storage space in the back.
The interior allows for customization via 3D printing, such as the door trims, which can be 3D-printed with any pattern or colour to meet the needs of the customer.
A leather strap serves as an alternative to the traditional door handle on the door trim. On the door panel, there is also an array of 7 bands that form a simple storage space.
Yoyo’s battery compartment is located at the back and houses three 10.3kWh lithium-iron phosphate batteries that can be swapped.
At dedicated battery-swapping stations, batteries can be swapped for a fully charged set in about 5 minutes. However, charging time from 30% to 100% SOC is less than 4 hours. The EV has a maximum range of 150km in city driving conditions and a top speed of 80km/h.
The XEV Yoyo is expected to be launched in China in the first half of 2023, following its success in European markets.
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