Meet The 3D Printed Electric Trike From EOOS

The specificity of 3D printing continues to work wonders, this time in bringing an eco-friendly electric tricycle to life.


3D printed to perfection © Credit to EOOS

Shipping is costly, and most don’t realise it, and we’re not talking about how much you pay to have something shipped either. We’re talking about the fossil fuels burned to have something sent to your door.

This is where Austrian studio EOOS steps in, or rather, EOOS NEXT, the companies design wing.

EOOS NEXT has developed a prototype that it calls a “zero-emissions utility vehicle” (ZUV) that you simply 3D print locally and put together yourself.

Like Lego, only practical in a real-world setting.

“We wanted to design around local, affordable production,” said EOOS founder Harald Gründl when talking to Dezeen.

The ZUV was actually commissioned for MAK’s Climate Care Exhibition, which happens to be a part of the Vienna Biennale for Change.

Build It Anywhere With The Right Printer

The ZUV was created in collaboration alongside additive manufacturing company The New Raw. As is the case with most electric personal transport, the three-wheeler is powered via a rear-wheel hub motor.

In other words, you won’t find pedals or a bike chain on what could easily be mistaken as sentient Ikea furniture.

“Because of the high labour costs in Europe, almost every bike frame is produced in Asia. But we want a local ZUV production facility in every city around the world.”
— Harald Gründl, founder of EOOS

Its simplified design is a purposeful one. Gründl envisioned a local economic cycle of sorts, allowing anyone with access to a decent 3D printer to produce the polypropylene chassis.

The eye of the ZUV © Credit to EOOS

Once printed, all the rider would need to do at that point is take the parts to a bike workshop, piece it all together, strap on a motor, and cycle off into the sunset.

It Lives, It Dies, It Lives Again

The ability to 3D print certain parts only adds to the lifespan of the ZUV. It also gives EOOS the ability to provide upgrades if they so choose.

Moreover, you don’t need to ship these parts (yes, you’ll need access to a 3D printer capable of making one, but still).

But what happens to the parts the ZUV sheds?

Easy, they get recycled/shredded, ready to be used again — perhaps, to build the same part.

“What we envision is a circular economy of mobility,” Gründ explained. “Service schemes with a designed ‘take back’ will be the future. And it’s way easier to close the loop if you do it locally rather than sending around ships full of waste as we do today, which is stupid.”

Tech Spec Of The ZUV Revealed

It’s compact, but it has the power to carry two fully-grown adults on its back — in addition to two children/cargo in the transport box located at the front.

Weight-wise, the ZUV is only 100 kilograms which might surprise some of you reading this (it surprised us).

Haul everything (within reason) © Credit to EOOS

As an electric trike, it’s capable of hauling pretty heavy items over short distances.

Could the ZUV replace a car in time? Gründl certainly thinks so:

“A car has maybe 800 kilogrammes of battery while a bicycle has eight and it does the job for many of the journeys that we want to make in a city.”

Like the Swytch Kit, EOOS NEXT has taken a simple concept and turned it into reality. What do you think of the ZUV? And could it replace a car as far as cargo/shopping trips go?

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