Eindhoven University of Technology engineers have unveiled the world’s first circular electric car called Noah.
Noah will be the fifth car in TU/ecomotive’s history to feature new technologies focused on the future of the automotive industry.
Just like its larger predecessor Lina, Noah’s chassis, body panels and interior are made from a biocomposite composed of flax.
According to the university’s engineers, the biocomposite of Lina has been reinvented this year to be even more sustainable in both production as well as recyclability.
Noah’s chassis will be constructed out of a sandwich panel combining the biocomposite with a honeycomb structured core from sugarcane (PLA).
Due to the fact that the entire sandwich panel only consists of two materials (PLA and flax), the composite has been marked as fully recyclable.
The two-seater Noah weighs only 350 kilograms and this enables it to drive around efficiently.
The complete drivetrain has been optimized and thanks to a system called “Smesh Gear,” the car can reach an efficiency of 97% during acceleration. It can even achieve a 100% efficiency at constant speeds, the researchers contend.
Moreover the electromotors are powered by six modular batteries that enable easy battery swapping and the possibility to gradually introduce better battery technology when available.
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