Students at the Technical University of Eindhoven in The Netherlands have created Noah, one of the most innovative electric cars since the original Tesla Roadster.
Its frame – if you can call it that – is constructed of rigid material created from flax and sugar. Older readers may remember that no less an automotive luminary than Henry Ford once created a car that used body panels derived from soybeans, wheat, and corn to save weight. The development team calls their car, “the most circular electric car,” meaning most of it can be recycled or repurposed when it reaches the end of its useful life. Noah is a two-seater intended primarily for driving in urban environments. It uses special lightweight batteries and weighs a total of 420 kilograms – less than half a ton or one-fifth the weight of a Ford F-150. Without batteries, the car weighs in at a featherlight 360 kilograms – about 800 pounds. Top speed is given as 66 mph (about 106km/h) and the car has a useful range of 240 kilometers/150 miles. Weight is vital to the efficiency of an electric car and Noah demonstrates that fact particularly well. It has a theoretical fuel economy […]