Lexus Unveils Working Electric Car Made Out Of Cardboard (PHOTOS)

Oct 08, 2015 01:38 PM EDT | John Nassivera


Lexus has pulled off a first by being the first automaker to build an electric car out of cardboard.

The Lexus Origami Car isn't completely made of cardboard, as those parts include the chassis, interior and wheels, which consist of 1,700 pieces cut up by a laser, according to The Next Web. Parts not made of cardboard include the lights and motor.

The project was completed in three months by a five-person team from LaserCut Works and Scales and Models, who also work on Lexus' production line, IGN reported.

Despite being made of cardboard, the vehicle comes with a fully fitted interior, functioning doors, headlights, rolling wheels and other features found in a "normal" car.

The team had to make sure that the Origami Car was built right the first time, as the water-based wood glue they used would not allow them to make any changes once it dried, according to IGN. Because of this, they made all the changes they needed in the initial creative process.

"The seats took a few attempts to get just right and the wheels required a lot of refining," LaserCut founder Ruben Marcos explained. "Once we could see the physical pieces taking shape, we could identify where we needed to make improvements- as with anything, there were some elements of trial and error, but as we had all the resources we needed in-house, this made the changes easier to produce."

The Origami Car is a one-off, so you won't be able to take it out on the road, TNW reported.

The cardboard car is the latest of Lexus' crazy projects, following its creation of a working hoverboard.

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