“Luca” is not a toy. This small electric car designed by students from the Eidhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands drives and innovates: it is entirely made up of plastic waste found in the oceans and recycled materials.
Over the past 18 months, a team of 22 students have collected and then assembled the various components of this car to enable it to run normally.
While Luca’s frame is an assembly of linen and recycled plastic bottles, the seats are made from horsehair and coconut fiber, as you can see in the video at the top of this article. For the rest of the vehicle, the students used pieces of televisions, kitchen appliances and various toys.
Today, this electric car can reach a maximum speed of 90 km / h. And when fully loaded, it can travel up to approximately 220 km, slightly less than the distance between Montreal and Quebec.
For students, this achievement is an opportunity to show automotive designers that it is possible to create strong, durable and attractive models, using only waste.
Last March, Volvo’s sports brand, Polestar, presented an electric model with an interior made of plastic bottles, corks and fishing nets.