Lexus cardboard electric car is drivable, recyclable

Lexus cardboard electric car is drivable, recyclable

By eeNews Europe

Offered as an "origami inspired" vehicle and "modern piece of performance art," the concept car is fabricated out of custom cardboard segments fitted over a steel and aluminum frame. Apart from the frame and electric motor, the car is made entirely out of cardboard, including the body, fully-fitted interior, and even the wheels and hubcaps.

Designed as a full-size replica of the Lexus IS, the vehicle is made up of about 1,700 individually shaped pieces of laser cut cardboard. It was created using a computer-scanned 3D model of the real Lexus IS, which was divided into a series of major parts – such as the body, dashboard, seats and wheels.

These were digitally sectioned into 10-mm "slices" that were used to create the individual cardboard sheets for assembly. The assembly itself involved the use of a water-based wood glue, which took 10 minutes for each application.

To help create the cardboard car, Lexus partnered with specialist custom prototype companies Laser Cut WORKS and Scales and Models in the UK. The car took a total of three months to build, and, according to the company, was produced as "a celebration of the human craftsmanship skills that go into every car Lexus makes."

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