The use of biodegradable materials has long been no news. Such materials are not only practically safe for the environment, but also cheaper on process of production.. Biodegradable materials are actively used to create disposable cell phones and other similar gadgets, microbots and many other things. But the development of a biodegradable car is something new.
Students of the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, Who worked on the project with the support of TomTom, Called the car “Lina”. The only components of the car that are not biodegradable are wheels, a battery and some suspension components.
It weighs 310 kg and can accelerate to 50 km / h. Sheet of such plastic on both sides is laid with reinforcing linen cloth. As a result, the durability of the plastic biodegradable body is almost not inferior to the “normal” plastic, which is now used everywhere in the automotive industry.
The total power of the electric motors of the car is 8 kW, and for power supply a lithium-ion battery is used, the capacity of which is sufficient to cover a distance of 100 km without additional recharging.
The development team hopes that the plastic biodegradable components will be in demand in the production of such “consumables” as bumpers, hoods and wings, which most often suffer from accidents.
According to the developers, on the road trials the car moved with the speed of a bicycle. In plans, the test of “Lina” on public roads ..
The authors of the project believe that they created the most environmentally friendly car in the world. The production of flax parts is very simple and does not require large energy costs, while the manufacture of aluminum and carbon parts is six times more energy-intensive than the same steel.
Despite such high indicators and ecological design, Eindhoven University does not expect that their idea will be accepted and used by automakers in full. The authors hope that flax fiber is used at least for the manufacture of individual parts of cars. For example, the elements of the interior.
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