‘Sweet Ride’ Has a New Literal Meaning

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We’ve often made that remark when we see a cool-looking car. Now, ‘sweet ride’ literally means…a ‘sweet’ ride.

Students at the Eindhoven University of Technology have made a car mostly from biocomposite, with flax and sugar being the main components. Named ‘Noah’, it is the student team’s fifth car and one of the lightest in the world, weighing in at 350kg.

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TU/ecomotive, the student team behind the project, calls it the world’s “most circular car”, as it involves circular economy concept during the design process.

“What is circular economy?” you ask. Well, it is basically a regenerative system in which resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimised by slowing, closing, and narrowing energy and material loops. And this is achieved by incorporating a long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing and recycling process as opposed to a linear economy (make, use and dispose).

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The car is made entirely from recyclable or renewable materials.

It is no slouch either (of course, it doesn’t have supercar prowess); it has a top speed of 100kph and has 240km of electric range. Its six modular batteries power the electromotors, which enable easy battery swapping and the potential to gradually introduce better battery technology when available. Really thoughtful.

Watch this video of it going from sketch to car:

The students claim that this electric car will reach an efficiency of 97% during acceleration and even a 100% efficiency at constant speeds.

The car has made its debut and will make many appearances in countries around the world.

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