Printed time: 18 Could, 2017 12:10
College students from Eindhoven College of Know-how unveiled the world’s first biocomposite automotive, referred to as ‘Lina,’ on the campus in Eindhoven on Wednesday.
“We now have developed a cloth, bio-based materials, based mostly on plant flax that we use as construction on the automotive. So the entire chassis, the physique of the automotive and the inside are product of bio-based supplies,” Staff Supervisor Quinten Oostvogel advised Ruptly.
Lina’s go-to materials, flax, or Linum usitatissimum, grows nearly all over the place in Europe.
“The plant has very robust and lengthy fibres that we will use in our composites and along with bio-based core from sugar beets, we have been capable of construct a whole chassis of the automotive from bio-based supplies,” Oostvogel continued.
The automotive is electric-powered, and its light-weight supplies (Lina weighs solely 300 kilograms) means it makes use of up vitality extra slowly. On the flip facet, extra vitality is used to supply the automotive – a possible turn-off for automotive producers.
“Producers are typically reticent with these types of experiments in home. However I’m certain they are going to be retaining a detailed eye on what the scholars are doing,” Carlo van de Weijer, president of TomTom Visitors Options, advised NOS.
The subsequent step for Lina and the design staff is to attempt to get hold of a license quantity for the automotive, which is able to allow her to be pushed on public roads.
In 2011, designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner offered The Phoenix, a roadster product of bamboo and rattan. Designed to final roughly 5 years, The Phoenix by no means made it into mass manufacturing.