According tomedia reports, the environmental team at the University of Science and Technology in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, will build Luca, a sporty compact EV made from biocomposites including plastic waste recovered from the ocean, as its sixth-generation concept car. It is reported that the team’s previous design philosophy focused on sustainability and recyclability of service life. This year’s project reuses discarded materials to show that waste can also be a valuable resource.
With a world population of nearly 8 billion, humanity needs to do more to reduce resource consumption and better dispose of human-generated waste, which is now discharged into rivers and oceans, incinerator air or landfills where methane is collected. Eindhoven’s team doesn’t think these are wastes, but rather valuable materials that can still be used in many applications. “
The idea is to use as much waste as possible when building the Luca concept car. It is understood that the chassis of the car will be made of a composite material with recycled PET in the outer linen, while the body is made from a new material developed in collaboration with Israeli start-up UBQ, which combines additives from household waste with recycled PP; Recycled aluminum is used to create a space frame before and after a car.
Luca will be equipped with two wheeled engines (15 kW of total output) and six battery packs (up to 92% battery-to-tire efficiency). Due to the modular design of the battery pack, it can be replaced with more efficient batteries in the future as technological advances in the field progress.
As for the interior, the Luca concept car will have two custom seats, and given the design team’s idea of putting infotainment displays in front of the car as a waste, the car will use smartphones to meet the information and entertainment needs of passengers in the car.
Construction of the car has already begun and the team aims to complete it by June. At the same time, the team hopes Luca will be officially recognized as a road-legal vehicle and begin a publicity tour.