Students of the Eindhoven Technical University presented a prototype of a biodegradable electric vehicle called Noah. Body panels, chassis and interior details of the microcar are made of linen fiber and sugar. The estimated energy consumption of an electric car is equivalent to the consumption of one liter of fuel for 300 kilometers of run.
At the core of the electric car, called Noah, is a chassis made of sandwich panels, consisting of linen and bioplastics (made from sugar). Body panels are made of linen mats connected with biorubber. It is noted that six times less energy is needed for the production of biomaterials than for the production of conventional aluminum. At the same time, flax panels are quite strong and even suitable for creating deformation zones.
When the car is recycled biocomposites can be used as a basis for other products. For example, building blocks. Inorganic parts are easily integrated into the existing processing cycle.
The Noah is equipped with an electric motor whose power is not reported. The weight of the battery pack is 60 kilograms, the car – 420 kilograms. On one charge the Noah is able to drive up to 240 kilometers. The maximum speed is 110 kilometers per hour.