Dutch students just built an electric car from recycled material

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Photo Courtesy: Reuters/ Eva Plevier

A group of Dutch students has designed an electric vehicle made completely out of waste, from plastics recycled from the ocean to household trash. The bright yellow, sporty two-seater is named ‘Luca’ by the students. It can reach a top speed of 90 kilometers per hour and has a range of completing 220 kilometers when fully charged, the Technical University of Eindhoven said.

“This car is certainly special because it is made out of waste”, project manager Lisa van Etten told Reuters.

“The car chassis is made out of recycled PET bottles and flax. For the interior also, we have used unsorted household waste.”

Hard plastic which is normally found in toys, televisions, and kitchen appliances was used for making the car’s body, while the cushioning of the seats consists of coconut and horse hairs.

The car was designed and created by a team of 22 students in around 18 months, successfully proving the potential of the waste, Van Etten said.

“We really hope that car companies will start using waste materials”, production team member Matthijs van Wijk said.

“Companies have made use of waste or biobased materials to design the interior, we want to show everyone that it is also possible to build a chassis out of it.”

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