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Meet the new Helixx 3D-printed electric van

UK-based company Helixx has unveiled its pioneering 3D-printed electric van, marking a significant milestone in electric vehicle manufacturing. 
UK-based company Helixx has unveiled its pioneering 3D-printed electric van, marking a significant milestone in electric vehicle manufacturing. 

UK-based company Helixx has unveiled its pioneering 3D-printed electric van, marking a significant milestone in electric vehicle manufacturing. 

Helixx, known for developing a cutting-edge software-led management platform, aims to revolutionize the industry by allowing businesses worldwide to construct their own electric vehicles. The company recently showcased its first demonstration van.

A unique concept

Helixx’s innovative digital-first ecosystem transcends traditional automotive manufacturing, empowering regional businesses to create white-label mini commercial electric vehicles (EVs) for various purposes, such as last-mile delivery, construction, Tuk-Tuk services, and ride-hailing fleets. 

The company’s approach includes establishing licensed Helixx Mobility Hubs, enabling local businesses to produce EVs.

Steve Pegg, the CEO and co-founder of Helixx, highlights its rapid production capabilities. “The vehicle visually represents what licensed Helixx Mobility Hubs can produce in as little as 180 days from initial site survey to vehicles rolling out on to the street, offering subscribers access from $0.25 per hour. Our demonstration vehicle will now enable us to amplify our customer engagement and gain valuable feedback from the market,” he says.

The Helixx commercial delivery van

The single-seat delivery van features a central driving position reminiscent of the iconic McLaren F1, a design choice that makes it viable in left- and right-steering countries.

Measuring a compact 3.2 meters in length and 1.5 meters in width, the van maximizes its space with a generous 2,100-liter cargo area and an impressive 500kg payload capacity. Practicality is further emphasized by a rear door width of 110cm and a 140cm-long load bay, specifically designed to accommodate standard shipping pallets efficiently.

The most compelling feature here is its construction. Using advanced 3D printing technology, the van’s structural and cosmetic body parts are created using a flat-pack approach, allowing for easy assembly without welding. The vehicle comprises just five key components that effortlessly ‘click and bond’ together, resulting in a sturdy and durable body. This approach streamlines the manufacturing process by up to 50%, making production more efficient and eco-friendly.

While specific details about the powertrain remain undisclosed, Helixx’s unique design maximizes load space. It eliminates the need for alterations in left-hand drive markets, making it a versatile choice for global distribution. 

Rollout plans

Following validation and feedback from the market, Helixx plans to initiate a production run of 100 vehicles at its pilot hub in the UK. 

Subsequently, the company will proceed with customer vehicle production and factory rollout at a concept hub in Southeast Asia. Helixx’s vision represents a paradigm shift in electric vehicle manufacturing, offering a glimpse into a future where local businesses worldwide can actively participate in shaping the future of sustainable transportation.

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