The planet collectively produces 2.1 billion tons of waste per year. To demonstrate that the reuse of this waste can be done in a useful way, a team of students from the Eindhoven University of Technology presents a machine made almost entirely of waste.
The result is a sports-looking electric car called the Luca, with a linen base and recycled plastic, mostly fished from the oceans.
The body, finish, windows and interior are also made from recycled materials, including PET bottles, hard plastic ABS and household waste.
Luca is efficient and environmentally friendly
Luca is a compact car with two electric motors in the rear wheels. It can reach a top speed of 90 kilometers per hour and has a range of 220 kilometers. Consumption can be converted to about 180 kilometers per liter of gasoline. In addition to efficient engines, this is due to its low weight: the car weighs only 360 kg without batteries, ie more than 50% of the weight of a comparable car.
In addition, the car needs batteries that reach sixty kilograms, as opposed to hundreds of kilograms for other electric cars.
The exterior is made of flax fibers combined with plastic that has been fished from the ocean. Although the plastic sits in the ocean, in most cases, for several years and is of different types, it is able to give the chassis sufficient strength when combined with natural fibers.
The material is mainly made from recycled PET bottles.
The body of the car is made of recycled ABS, a hard plastic used in many consumer products, such as toys, TVs and kitchen products.
The car takes its yellow color from a foil – a colored film – instead of paint, which can be removed without leaving any residue.
This leaves the plastic pure and makes the final recycling process much easier. The side and rear windows are also made of recycled material. Lots of waste was also used indoors.
For example, Luca has two very comfortable custom chairs, whose pillows consist of a combination of coconut hair and horse hair.
The fabric around them is made of recycled PET, but it feels and looks like natural leather.
The team hopes to make people aware of their consumer behavior and thus contribute to the development of a circular economy.