If you imagined that cars of the future would be small planes flying over cities, you fell short. The car of the future you're thinking of is a car made of... food. That is, biodegradable.
The future of sustainable mobility lies in electric vehicles, but why not go further in designing even more environmentally friendly cars?
The challenge was taken up by a group of Dutch students who have built Lina, the world's first biodegradable car. The model is made almost entirely from beet and flax.
Lina has space for 4 occupants and a weight of 310 kilos.
Lina has a range of around 100 kilometres.
Although, at first sight, Lina could pass for just another hatchback, as you can see in this News Flash video, nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, everything in this car, except for the wheels and suspension systems, is created with biological and bioplastic compounds obtained from natural products.
The beetroot is the basis of the bioplastic that shapes the chassis, which is in turn wrapped in sheets of biocomposite obtained from linen, to give the whole thing greater rigidity. These materials, which have never been used before in the design of a vehicle, make Lina a very lightweight car and therefore more efficient. In addition, the bio-based composite used has a strength-to-weight ratio comparable to that of fiberglass, "but produced in a sustainable manner," say the drivers.
The prototype of this car, designed by students at Eindhoven University of Technology, has modular batteries with an output of 8kW and can reach a maximum speed of about 80 kilometers per hour.