Meet Luca: an electric car made from recycled waste by students of Eindhoven University

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Plastics are everywhere and it ends up polluting the environment, depriving the economy of a valuable resource. According to a report, Europe produces about 58M tonnes of plastic every year. Since, most of the raw material is fossil fuel-based, if the current production trends continue, by 2050 plastics could account for 20% of oil consumption, 15% of greenhouse gas emissions, and there could be more plastics than fish in the sea.

Europe also produces nearly 25 million tonnes of plastic waste, of which only 30% is recycled, 39% is incinerated, and 31% is discarded in landfills. The EU plastic sector is huge – it employs 1.5 million people and generated a turnover of €340B in 2015. As per reports, an increase in its sustainability can bring new opportunities for innovation, competitiveness, and job creation. 

22 students 18 months and a “waste car”

Currently, the European car industry collectively produces 2.1 billion tons of waste per year. Aiming to demonstrate that you can reuse this waste in a new and useful manner, students at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have made a car almost entirely out of waste.

“With this car, we want to show that waste is a valuable material, even in complex applications like a car,” says team member Matthijs van Wijk. 

The car has been developed by TU/ecomotive – a student team at the University of Technology Eindhoven.

Luca’s chassis consists of a unique sandwich panel developed by the students in collaboration with several companies. The exterior is made of flax fibers combined with plastic which is fished from the ocean. Although this material was submerged in the ocean for several years and consists of different types of plastic, it is able to give the chassis sufficient strength when combined with the natural fibers.

The main part of the chassis will be made of a bio-based composite made of flax, fully recycled PET and PP, straight out the ocean (Picture credits: TU/ecomotive)

The core of the material is made of recycled PET bottles – which can be recycled no more than ten times. The body, finish, windows, and the interior is also made of recycled materials, including PET bottles, hard plastic ABS, and household waste.

The result is a sporty-looking electric car called ‘Luca’. The car was unveiled by Dutch physician and ESA astronaut, André Kuipers. 

‘Luca’ light & efficient

Luca is a compact car and is powered by two motors – one on each axle – and these combine for a humble power output of 12kW. 

It can reach a top speed of 90 KM/hour. Voltage is drawn from six batteries scavenged from disused road cars, and these give Luca an impressive range of 220km. 

The consumption can be converted to about 180 KM/ltr of gasoline. In addition, due to the low weight, (360kg without batteries), it is half as light as comparable cars.

A whole lot of waste

The car’s body is made of recycled ABS – a hard plastic used in many consumer products such as toys, televisions, and kitchen products. The car gets its yellow color from a wrap – a colored film – instead of paint. This film can also be removed without leaving any residue. 

This leaves pure plastic and makes the final recycling process a lot easier. The side and rear windows are also made of recycled material. The recycling process immediately gives the windows a luxurious black tint.

A lot of waste has also been used in the interior. For example, Luca has two comfortable custom-made chairs, the cushions of which consist of a combination of coconut hair and horsehair. The fabric around them is made of recycled PET but feels and looks like suede. The center console consists, among other things, of a plastic additive from household waste. 

In addition, there are even residual materials from Luca’s own production process: small pieces of flax with the plastic from the ocean are compressed into stylish, useful plates.

With all this, the team hopes to make people aware of their consumption behavior and thus contribute to the development of a circular economy.

Other cars developed by the Eindhoven TU/ecomotive team

This is not the first car that the Eindhoven TU/ecomotive team has developed. Before Luca, there was Isa, Nova, Lina, and Noah – an electric car with a body and chassis made entirely from plants. According to TU/ecomotive, these cars are also equipped with the latest technology, ensuring not only sustainability but also efficiency and safety.

Image credit: Eindhoven University of Technology

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Paris-based Colette nabs €1 million to grow its co-living solution for students and lonely seniors

French social impact startup Colette has today announced securing its first funding round of €1 million, which it will use to grow its co-living vision for students and lonely seniors across Paris, then France and eventually in other European cities. Founded in 2019, Colette is helping young people to move in with seniors who have…

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: College Students Pursuing Virtual Internships (Episode 104)

As we know, in-person classes at colleges this fall are hard to come by, with only 2.5 percent of colleges planning a curriculum based fully on in-person classes this fall. Thus, many college students are choosing to put their studies on hold, pursuing virtual internships instead, as reported by Bloomberg.

Since students are choosing to learn on the job instead of in the classroom, startup companies are seeing this as a real opportunity to recruit those students into virtual internships.

Tune in to the WJR Business Beat for more details from Jeff:


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“So, if you’re a student seeking to advance your education by getting real world experience in lieu of classroom education this fall, consider a virtual internship at a startup company.

And if you’re a startup, this is your chance to grab top talent at internship prices and maybe even groom and secure those interns for a position with your company long into the future.”

– Jeff Sloan

Tune in to News/Talk 760 AM WJR weekday mornings at 7:11 a.m. for the WJR Business Beat. Listeners outside of the Detroit area can listen live HERE.

Are you an entrepreneur with a great story to share? If so, contact us at editor@startupnation.com and we’ll feature you on an upcoming segment of the WJR Business Beat!

WJR Business Beat Transcript

Good morning, Paul.

As we know, in-person classes at colleges this fall are hard to come by, with now only 2.5 percent of colleges planning a curriculum based fully on in-person classes. As we know, Michigan State University reported a few days ago that in-person classes will not take place this fall at all and will instead offer online only curriculum.

And so rather than a watered-down college experience, many students are deciding to take some time off from their studies, opting out of online classes all together for their fall semester, and instead, as Bloomberg reports, are pursuing virtual internships, working for companies and learning on the job instead of in the classroom.

And startup companies are seeing this as a real opportunity to recruit those students into virtual internships.

Some firms are even organizing virtual career fairs, offering grants to teams of entrepreneurs and compiling lists of potential employers. Others are extending the terms of their summer cohorts. Postmates, for example, told Bloomberg that it may keep some interns on if they take time off from school this fall.

And startups? Well, they’re hoping to hire the top students. The virtual nature of the internships could allow the firms to access from a nationwide talent pool instead of an otherwise local talent pool. And companies hope that potential employees they hook this fall might stay on for years to come, rather than taking spots at large companies.

A great intern who has a great network can often yield compound to returns later down the line, Neil Schrock CEO of the developer tools startup, Elemental, told Bloomberg.

It’s easy to see why a remote internship might tempt many college students at a time when COVID-19 is turning higher education upside down. A number of schools that announced they would be operating in person classes earlier this summer are now walking back those plans, with many abruptly canceling the on-campus housing they’d previously promised and urging students not to return this fall.

So, if you’re a student seeking to advance your education by getting real world experience in lieu of classroom education this fall, consider a virtual internship at a startup company.

And if you’re a startup, this is your chance to grab top talent at internship prices and maybe even groom and secure those interns for a position with your company long into the future.

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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Students get 60% off passes to Disrupt 2020

Budget-strapped students, this post is for you. We have a limited number of discount passes to Disrupt 2020 for $ 125 a pop. Buy your student pass now, before one of two things happen. One, we run out of tickets. Two, the price on any remaining passes increases on September 13. Insert sad face emoji here.

Your pass may come at a discount, but there’s nothing discounted about your Disrupt 2020 experience. You’ll have total access to five full days of programming across all the Disrupt stages. You’ll hear from some of the most influential people in technology, investing and business — we’re talking movers, shakers and makers like CRISPR researcher Jennifer Doudna, Sequoia Capital’s Roelof Botha and Zoom founder Eric Yuan. Check the agenda and plan your schedule now.

If you’re a budding founder, be sure to attend one of our Pitch Deck Teardown sessions. In these sessions, a new addition to the Disrupt lineup, top venture capitalists will critique an early-stage startup’s pitch deck and provide tips to improve it. Want to be considered for the teardown treatment? Submit your pitch deck here.

Mosey on over to the Extra Crunch Stage, where seasoned veterans hold forth on subjects that every early-stage startup founder needs to learn. Topics like how to craft a pitch deck or how to raise money in an economic downturn. Join the interactive Q&As and glean real-world tips from experts in marketing, business development and investing.

Explore Digital Startup Alley and discover hundreds of exciting new startups. Use CrunchMatch, our free AI-powered networking platform to find and connect with like-minded attendees around the world — discover employment opportunities, schedule 1:1 virtual meetings to meet founders, pitch investors or highlight your expertise. The platform is live right now, which gives you weeks to master your networking mojo.

Don’t miss Startup Battlefield — our always-epic pitch competition — as an international cohort of extraordinary startups competes virtually for glory, massive media attention, investor affection and, of course, $ 100,000 in equity-free cash.

Disrupt 2020 takes place September 14-18. Students, buy your 60% off pass to the full Disrupt experience before they’re gone. No one wants a sad emoji face.

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[Beyond Meat in Globe Newswire] Beyond Meat Joins Forces With EVERFI to Make Sustainability Education Accessible to Students Nationwide

Beyond Meat, Inc. (NASDAQ: BYND) announced today that it is collaborating with EVERFI, a leading digital education innovator, to create a science-based course on sustainability that will be available – at no cost – to students, teachers and parents  across the country. The course, designed for fifth through eighth graders, is grounded in real-world experiences and covers topics on global resource constraints, the importance of biodiversity, climate change and how to innovate for a healthy life. Beyond Meat feels strongly that to bring lasting change to our communities, all students should have access to education on future-defining topics like sustainability.

Read more here.

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