Airbus subsidiary AP Works has designed a 3-D-printed street bike—the first of its kind. Yes, you read it correctly: 3-D-printed. And using aerospace technology to build a lightweight electric motorcycle.
Don’t worry: The Light Rider isn’t made of plastic; the frame was created using bionic algorithms and thousands of thin layers in a metallic powder bed. Its futuristic design was built with Scalmalloy, a corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy that is as strong as titanium, so the Light Rider Weighs 30 percent less than most e-motorcycles. It’s also an emissions-free ride, powered by a 6-kilowatt electric motor. This street bike rides up to 50 miles per hour and travels 37 miles on one battery charge.
If you want to be one of the lucky few to own the first 3-D-printed e-motorcycle, note that only 50 models will be produced, and a 2,000 euro deposit is required to reserve your very own Light Rider—the street bike of the future.