Written by Kfir Kedem - October 26, 2020
Edited by Asaf Kedem
Sustainable materials have been in development for years and big names such as Henkel have made headlines regarding their developments. All the while, a Dutch university team has been working on their own sustainable materials for cars. Coming from the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e), TU/ecomotive have been working on their projects for years. Back in 2018 they revealed their first car, Noah, which was composed of bio-composites that they had been developing for over three years at the time.
Now, they have unveiled yet another car which goes by the name Luca. Everything in this car, from the body panels to the seat fabric, is made from recycled material. Using PET bottles, hard plastics ABS, household waste, and (surprisingly) coconut and horse hair, TU/ecomotive have been able to create a car that is truly recycled. They took their mission so seriously in fact, that rather than painting the vehicle, they used a wrap that is made of pure plastic and can be easily recycled once the lifecycle of Luca has ended, without leaving any residue.
As for the specs, the car is emission free and uses an electric drivetrain. It has a top speed of 90 km/h and a driving range of 220 km.
Auto Trendy’s take:
The students working at TU/ecomotive are definitely taking their extra curriculars seriously and are making impressive developments to the industry. Other than spending a lot of time and effort developing sustainable ways to recycle and reuse waste, they are also taking the extra step to make sure that their final product can be even further recycled. It seems that big corporations can have a look at this student team and learn something from their research and ambition.