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Recycling powers the cars of the future

Students at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have produced a car made entirely out of waste products, including ocean plastics.

The vehicle has been named ‘Luca’ and is driven by two electric motors. Besides the base, the body, finish, windows and interior are also made of recycled materials, including PET bottles as well as ABS.

The car weighs 420kg, has a range of 220 kilometres and a top speed of 90 kph. It took 22 students 18 months to build ‘Luca’. The project is hoped to showcase the power of scrap in high-end applications.

Dutch car recycling organisation ARN hopes the vehicle will inspire the automotive sector to include more recycled materials into the vehicles of the future.

The innovative vehicle was officially unveiled on campus by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers on October 8.

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