Dutch students build bio-degradable car

Weighing 310 kgs, Lina can carry four people and can travel at a speed of 50 miles (80km).


In a significant breakthrough, students from Netherlands have made a biodegradable car that can carry four people and travel at 50 miles (80 km) per hour.

This has the potential to be the next step in environmentally friendly motoring.

The lightweight electric car, built by students from the Netherlands, is made of a resin derived from sugar beets and covered with sheets of Dutch-grown flax.

“Only the wheels and suspension systems are not yet of bio-based materials,” said Yanic van Riel, one of the developers from the TU/Ecomotive team at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

They have named the car as Lina which weighs around 684 pounds (310 kg). Its structural-quality has a similar strength to weight ratio to that of fibreglass.

The prototype is yet to pass crash tests though since the material “will not bend like metal, but break”, said Noud van de Gevel, the team’s leader.

With climate change and global warming at our doors, there has been increasing demand to reduce air pollution which stem from auto companies and have pushed them towards alternative designs.

“Energy that is saved while driving the car is now spent during the production phase,” said van de Gevel.

The TU/Ecomotive team plans to test drive the Lina later this year, once it receives the green light from the Netherlands Vehicle Authority.


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