We know that electric vehicles haven’t even entered the mainstream yet, but already observers are speculating about the future of automobiles after the electric cars that are rolling out today. There’s a group of Dutch students who think they’ve got the answer and it’s a doozy. What if we could build a biodegradable car?
That’s right, a biodegradable car. Students from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands think it’s doable and they’ve convinced a group of investors. They’ve designed a super-light electric vehicle that’s made from sugar beet resin and flax, and while they are still working to find suitable materials for the suspension and tires, everything else on the car is completely biodegradable. The shell of the car feels like fiberglass and can support about the same kind of strength-to-weight ratios at just 680 pounds. While it sounds great for the environment, the inventors do note that it’s not the safest option should the vehicle get in a crash. The current materials aren’t as pliable or resilient as steel, but a marketable model would have to pass safety tests and use other materials to reinforce the chassis.
The team hopes to get their car, which they’ve named Lina, on the road later this year after they can convince the government’s vehicle department overseers that this could be a viable transportation alternative. Good luck boys, we’re rooting for you – pun intended.