Presentation circular car Luca

Published on 12 November 2020

Recently, a car named Luca was presented at the Eindhoven University of Technology. This car is almost completely made of waste: used PET bottles, household waste and plastic retrieved from the ocean. 22 students worked on this project for a year and a half. With this project, they want to show that waste can indeed be used as a source of new raw materials.


Text Cathelijne van Wingerden

During the design phase of this car, we already discussed the students of the Eindhoven University of Technology and their work in a Green Light article titled ‘The Circular Car’. Now, in cooperation with various companies and using materials like flax, coconut fibre and horsehair, they managed to turn waste into new materials.  The exterior of the car, for example, is made of flax fibres combined with ocean plastic, and PET bottles were used to create the chassis. The seats are likewise made of PET bottles, combined with coconut fibre and horsehair.

‘An inspiration for the sector’

Spokesman Martijn Boelhouwer of ARN: “A waste-built car like this one won't simply pop up in the showroom tomorrow, but I definitely believe this could be an inspiration for the sector. By the way, numerous manufacturers are already using parts made of used materials on a modest scale.” The students also believe it might be another ten years before a car made of waste will take to the road. They do expect to see this concept applied to interior furnishings. The plastics in cars could be replaced with waste plastic, for example. Currently, dozens of plastic types are used in new cars. European car manufacturers alone use over a million tonnes of plastic each year, and the plastic content of cars continues to grow.

“A waste-built car like this one won't simply pop up in the showroom tomorrow, but I definitely believe this could be an inspiration for the sector"

Sustainability report 2019

All used cars in the Netherlands are recycled sustainably, and virtually all materials are reused. In 2019, car dismantling companies, shredding companies and recycling companies achieved a recycling percentage of 98.4%. You can read all about the context of this exceptional presentation in our Sustainability Report 2019 which also covers the car named Luca.

 

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