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Waste not, want not: Dutch students build electric car from recycled material

Student Lisa van Etten, project manager TU/ecomotive takes out the battery from a car made from recycled waste in Eindhoven, Netherlands November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

(This November 12 story corrects to say car made mostly out of waste instead of entirely in paragraph 1)

EINDHOVEN (Reuters) - Dutch students have created a fully functioning electric car made mostly out of waste, including plastics fished out of the sea, recycled PET bottles and household garbage.

The bright yellow, sporty two-seater which the students named 'Luca', can reach a top speed of 90 kilometres (56 miles) per hour and has a reach of 220 kilometres when fully charged, the Technical University of Eindhoven said.

Students Lisa van Etten, project manager TU/ecomotive and Matthijs van Wijk, public relations manager TU/ecomotive sit inside a car made of recycled waste in Eindhoven, Netherlands November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

"This car is really special, because it's made out of waste", project manager Lisa van Etten told Reuters.

"Our chassis is made out of flax and recycled PET bottles. For the interior we also used unsorted household waste."

Hard plastics normally found in televisions, toys and kitchen appliances were used for the car's body, while the seat cushions consist of coconut and horse hairs.

Matthijs van Wijk, public relations manager TU/ecomotive stands next to a car made of recycled waste in Eindhoven, Netherlands November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

The car was designed and built by a group of 22 students in around 18 months, Van Etten said, as an effort to prove the potential of waste.

"We really hope that car companies will start using waste materials", production team member Matthijs van Wijk said.

"It's possible in many applications. More and more companies use waste or biobased materials in the interior, we want to show that it's also possible to build a chassis out of it."

Student Lisa van Etten, project manager TU/ecomotive takes out the battery from a car made from recycled waste in Eindhoven, Netherlands November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

(Reporting by Bart Biesemans and Bart Meijer; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

View of a car made of recycled waste in Eindhoven, Netherlands November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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