NTU unveils two solar eco cars including one made with 3D-printed parts

Two solar-powered electric cars, designed by students from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), were unveiled by the institution on Monday morning. -- ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN
Two solar-powered electric cars, designed by students from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), were unveiled by the institution on Monday morning. -- ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN

SINGAPORE - Two solar-powered electric cars, designed by students from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), were unveiled on Monday morning.

One of them is the first car in Singapore to be made with 3D-printed parts. Its cabin, which can seat one driver, is made of 150 3D-printed components that have been glued together using epoxy adhesive.

The other car, sleek and shaped like a bullet, is a three-wheeled vehicle with a unique tilting ability inspired from motorcycle racing.

The 16 NTU students, from the university's College of Engineering, took over a year to design both eco-cars.

The vehicles will race at the fifth edition of the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia in Manila at the end of February, where they will compete with other entries from around the world for the highest fuel efficiency.

The eco-marathon is an annual competition that challenges student teams from around the world to design, build, and test energy-efficient vehicles.

Another Singapore team, from ITE College West, will also be taking part in the competition.