Electric cars are our future. The sooner we see this and accept it, the sooner we can see how to improve them and make them the replacements for our luxury thermals. In the meantime, it is an initiative born in the Netherlands in the grounds of the University of Eindhoven that is talking about it. Students have just unveiled Luca, the world’s first electric car made from 100% recycled materials and recovered from the oceans.
What philosophy behind Luca?
According to UNESCO, it transits an average of some 200 million tonnes of plastic waste that is dumped into the oceans each year. To the point where our oceans are suffering and suffocating under the weight of all this plastic.
However, no one seems really concerned about the fate of this plastic waste. Except a few who are developing methods to reuse them or exploit them for other purposes. In particular in the United Kingdom where they are transformed into public benches.
Or Adidas who transform this plastic waste into sneakers and t-shirts. Or more recently Dutch students who decided to turn it into an electric car.
Luca, the electric car from recycling
From a mechanical point of view, the Luca has two relatively inexpensive electric motors. This allows it to have enough power to easily reach 90 km / h. But just enough not to explode its consumption, and guarantee good autonomy. Here we are talking about 220 km according to the WLTP cycle.
From an ecological point of view, we therefore essentially find a frame made from recycled metals. It’s pretty strong, and this chassis is reinforced with a recycled plastic shell and combined with an alloy of flax fiber and plastic bottles and recycled ABS plastic.
La Luca, the first electric car made from recycled materials – Photo credits: Bart van Overbeeke
On board we are entitled to coconut + horsehair seats wrapped in recycled plastic bottles. A set that provides a minimum record weight on this car which weighs only 360 kg.