The Dutch are not only known for excellent cheese. Their expansive and colourful tulip fields are also "typical Holland". In the meantime, their highly technological agriculture is extremely productive. It's not out of nowhere that the Netherlands are the greatest tulip producer in the world. Eindhoven University of Technology students were inspired by this and developed a recyclable car almost completely based on renewable raw materials.
With its concept car named "Noah", the project team wanted to prove that individual mobility does not necessarily require the excessive consumption of resources. Its central approach: recyclable raw materials and using renewable energies.
As its predecessor model "Lina", the "Noah" car body, chassis and interior consists of a bio-composite material. More exactly: a combination of sugar and flax as the main material. This is a natural fibre produced from flaxseed. 90 percent of the total materials should consist of renewable raw materials.
The electrically propelled power gnome
The new composite material is not only fully recyclable but also very light. The Dutch two-seater should weigh only 350 kg. For moving the little weight, a small electric motor suffices. Its 15 kW (some 20 PS) will accelerate "Noah" to a maximum of 100 km/h. A total of six modular batteries enables the world's probably most sustainable engine to drive 240 kilometers on a single charge. According to the student developers, the efficiency of the e-engine is 97 percent and achieves a stunning 100 percent at constant speeds.
Road test for road fitness
The project team is currently working on getting a road permit. To get there, the students are closely collaborating with "RDW", the Dutch" Centre for Vehicle Technology and Information". Until the "recyclable car" can really drive on the roads, "Noah" will have to pass many more tests. For obtaining the highly-coveted license plate, the environmentally friendly small car will have to prove its (long-term) resilience and many safety requirements
And who knows: maybe the small "Noah" will one day become Holland's next export hit.