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LINA - the bio-composite based car with PLA honeycomb sandwich design

News International-French

22 May 2017

TU/Ecomotive uses a combination of biobased composites and bioplastics to create lightweight chassis.

LINA - the bio-composite based car with PLA honeycomb sandwich design

The bio-based composite is made from flax, a plant that can be grown in the any moderate climate. The bio-composite shows strength/weight ratio similar to that of glass fiber, but differs regarding sustainability. EconCore’s technology for cost-effective, continuous production of thermoplastic honeycomb materials yielded the bioplastic honeycomb based on PLA (Polylactic Acid) of NatureWorks. The honeycomb core made of PLA – 100% biodegradable resin derived from sugar beets – is placed in-between two flax fiber composite sheets to provide the sandwich panel effect: high stiffness and strength at minimal weight.

LINA - the bio-composite based car with PLA honeycomb sandwich design

According to TU/Ecomotive – the student team of Eindhoven University of Technology – the concept has the potential to drastically reduce the carbon footprint compared to other lightweight materials used in the industry. The drivetrain of Lina is electric. Power is supplied by modular battery packs, giving a power output of 8kW using 2 DC-motors. This allows Lina to reach a top speed of 80 km/h. To complement Lina’s sustainability, she is equipped with several high-tech features. NFC technology implemented in her doors is used to detect and recognize different users, which makes Lina highly suited for car-sharing platforms.

Lina can be seen during the Shell Eco-marathon 2017, held from the 25th to the 28th of May in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. From the 5th of June Lina will tour the Netherlands in an attempt to raise awareness for the problem it tries to solve.

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