In an effort to help solve the over-use of ecological resources, the ecomotive team at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have built Noah, the world’s first circular car — referring to the vehicle’s sustainable production, usage and end of life recyclability. The team is using Noah to promote the adoption of a circular economy — one centered around smart design, using renewable resources and recycling.
For the 770 lb battery electric two-seater Noah, the biocomposite is made up of more than 90 percent renewable materials. The honeycomb-like center is made from sugarcane PLA, making the PLA/biocomposite sandwich fully recyclable. Additionally, the chassis and interior panels are detachable, to make recycling easier.
Noah's drivetrain has been optimized for 97 percent efficiency during acceleration, and 100 percent efficiency at cruising speeds. The vehicle is expected to go up to 62 mph and offer a total range per charge of 150 miles. Six modular batteries that can be hotswapped for fresh ones when needed.
The concept city car will feature near-field sensors in the doors and built-in Wi-Fi, making it a potential fit for car-sharing services. With the design finalized, the TU Eindhoven team will build the vehicle in the coming months and start road and safety testing.