Students of the Eindhoven University in Netherlands have unveiled a concept vehicle made out of flax fiber and sugar. The interior, the chassis and the body are all fully biodegradable.
The students have calculated that their car needs only miniscule amounts of power to move forward, comparable to one liter of gasoline per 300 kilometers traveled.
The environment-friendly all-electric vehicle is called Noah. Its chassis consists of a bioplastic substance made from linen (flax) fiber and sugar. The body panels are essentially linen mats bound together with biodegradable rubber.
According to the researchers, biodegradable materials take six times less energy to produce than carbon and aluminum, which allegedly makes them more commercially viable. Furthermore, they still come out sturdy and reliable enough to use in crumple zones.
Apart from being fully biodegradable, the car can be recycled for various purposes, such as the production of building bricks.
The vehicle is driven by a single electric engine with undisclosed characteristics. It weighs in at just 420 kg (925 lb), with the batteries weighing 60 kg (132 lb). Reportedly, it can accelerate to a maximum of 110 km/h (68 mph).