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1st August 2018, Eindhoven

Noah is 100% bio-based

Bio-based, circular car has been built in the Netherlands by the Technical University of Eindhoven. © Technical University of EindhovenThe world’s first bio-based, circular car has been successfully designed and built in the Netherlands by the Technical University of Eindhoven.

This is the first time that a car chassis and all bodywork have been made from natural and bio-based materials – no metal or traditional plastics were used for the structural parts of the car.

The parts are made up of light and strong composite sandwich panels, based on natural fibre flax and Luminy PLA supplied by Total Corbion PLA.

The car, named Noah by the TU/ecomotive student team, was designed as a city car and features two seats and a spacious boot. It is currently undertaking a European tour of car manufacturers, suppliers and universities to inspire others.

This is the first time that a car chassis and all bodywork have been made from natural and bio-based materials. © Technical University of EindhovenIn addition to its bio-based composition, it is also ultra-light and electrically-powered. Noah reaches a top speed of 110 km per hour and the battery range lasts up to 240 km.

At 360kg, the weight of the car excluding batteries is less than half the weight of comparable production cars. In addition to being bio-based, the parts are also recyclable, resulting in a 100% circular car, sustainable in all life phases.

The PLA supplied by Total Corbion PLA for use in the car is biobased and recyclable and made from renewable resources, offering a reduced carbon footprint versus many traditional plastics. High heat Luminy PLA grades were used to construct the car, in order to ensure durability and sufficient heat resistance.

The PLA supplied by Total Corbion PLA for use in the car is biobased and recyclable and made from renewable resources. © Technical University of Eindhoven“The result of this fantastic project shows just how far biobased materials have come,” said François de Bie, senior marketing director at Total Corbion. “Noah is the proof that PLA is suitable for so much more than packaging.

This is the first ever car to feature a fully bio-based chassis and body panels.

At Total Corbion PLA, we look forward to working together with the entire value chain to bring more high performance, durable and circular applications to market.”

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