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Biodegradable car made from sugar beets and flax

by Futures Centre, Apr 6
1 minute read

Students in the Netherlands have created the Lina, a car that is intentionally biodegradable. The TU/Ecomotive team at the Eindhoven University of Technology created the body shell of the car from a resin processed from sugar beets and covered with woven flax, resulting in a material as strong as fiberglass. The Lina’s stiffness and structure come from body panels containing a honeycomb structure that is placed between two sheets of flax composite. The four-seater car is electric with a maximum range of 62 miles on a full charge. The Lina is very lightweight, at only 683 pounds, making it more efficient than the Nissan Leaf.



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