I am following these 3D developments here. Can lithium technology and 3D printing be the answer to the mass market for electric cars? It is too early to say, but places like China are already desperate for this kind of urban mobility.
Who will be the first to tap into Elon Musk "Open Source For Electric Cars"? Is it the way Foxconn can go with Tesla for its $15k Electric Car to be built in China? I am speculating here, but 3D technology brings totally new perception for at least the urban mobility.
I can easily envision the power-train supplied by Tesla with lithium batteries from its Gigafactory, standardised safety frame to meet the necessary safety requirements and everything else can be really customised in this case.
We can talk about the solution for the urban mobility at least and if the range can reach 150 miles - we can have the real game changer. Mass volume production will be the key here, but these dreams can be much closer to reality, than a lot of people think.
Lithium Technology meets 3D printing - it can be really interesting. You can find more information about Local Motors here.