‘Sugar beets’ car, in the pipeline

‘Sugar beets’ car, in the pipeline

Business Report / 10 August 2017, 06:30am / Reuters

EINDHOVEN – Dutch students have invented a bio-degradable car made of resin derived from from sugar beets and covered with sheets of Dutch-grown flax.

The car can travel at 80 km/h with the capacity to carry four people. Investors to this project say it could be the next step in environmentally friendly motoring.

One of the developers from the TU/Ecomotive team at the Eindhoven University of Technology,  Yanic van Riel says “Only the wheels and suspension systems are not yet of bio-based materials”.

Team leader, Noud van de Gevel said the initial model has not yet passed crash tests, because the material “will not bend like metal, but break”.

This university students initiative will contribute towards the demands for auto companies to reduce air pollution and tackle climate change by improvising for alternative designs.

Later this year, the TU/Ecomotive team plans to test drive Lina, once given the green light by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority.