Students Build A Sustainable Car Using Sugar Beets And Flax
Students in the Netherlands were able to create a vehicle body using sustainable bioplastics
A sustainable vehicle manufactured from resin found in sugar beets and a flax grown in their local area was developed by students at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. They named the car Lina.
The team started by creating two sheets of bio-composite, made from the locally sourced flax. The students then used sugar beets to create a bioplastic for a honeycomb-like internal structure, which was later pressed together by the two flax sheets. Though the car’s carriage uses unorthodox parts, the suspension, wheels and battery still required traditional materials. The car weighs just 685 pounds and can fit a driver plus three passengers.
The Netherlands Vehicle Authority has determined that the car could freely go on the road if the students choose to drive it, but it still needs to go through a crash test. The students don’t believe it can pass this test due to limitations of the materials.
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