Dutch students build an electric car with recycled plastic and trash
Dutch students have created a fully functioning electric car made entirely from waste, including plastics taken from the sea, recycled PET bottles, and household garbage.
The bright yellow sports two-seater that the students dubbed ‘Luca’, can reach a top speed of 90 kilometers per hour and has a range of 220 kilometers when fully loaded, Eindhoven Technical University said.
“This car is really special, because it is made entirely of waste,” project manager Lisa van Etten told Reuters.
“Our chassis is made from recycled PET bottles and linen. For the interior we also use unsorted household waste.”
The hard plastics typically found in televisions, toys, and kitchen appliances were used for the car body, while the seat cushions are made from coconut and horsehair.
The car was designed and built by a group of 22 students in about 18 months, Van Etten said, in an effort to demonstrate the potential of the debris.
“We really hope that auto companies will start using scrap materials,” said production team member Matthijs van Wijk.
“It is possible in many applications. More and more companies use waste or bio-based materials inside, we want to show that it is also possible to build a chassis from them.”