A car made of flax and sugar built in the NetherlandsJuly 16, 2018
Students of the Eindhoven Technical University presented a prototype of a biodegradable electric vehicle. Body panels, chassis and interior details of the machine are made of linen fiber and sugar. The estimated energy consumption of an electric car is equivalent to the consumption of one liter of fuel for 300 kilometers of run.
At the core of the electric car, called Noah, is a chassis made of sandwich panels, consisting of linen and bioplastics (made from sugar). Body panels are made of linen mats, connected with bioresin. It is noted that for the production of biomaterials, six times less energy is needed than for the production of conventional aluminum or CFRP. At the same time, flax panels are quite strong and even suitable for creating deformation zones.
When the machine is recycled, biocomposites can be used, including as a basis for other products. For example, building blocks. Inorganic parts are easily integrated into the existing processing cycle.
In the motion Noah leads an electric motor, the power of which is not reported. The weight of the battery pack is 60 kilograms, the machines – 420 kilograms. On one charge Noah is able to drive up to 240 kilometers. The maximum speed is 110 kilometers per hour.