Noah, when technology rhymes with ecology
Electric, bio-sourced, recyclable and 3D printed. All of these words describe Noah, an ambitious concept car designed by a team of students from the Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands).
Noah is presented as a two-seater car, manufactured using recyclable materials and which can be easily dismantled. The chassis, the bodywork and the interior were designed using biocomposite materials such as linen. The concept car only weighs 350 kilos and is electrically-powered thanks to six modular batteries. Its top speed is 110 km/h and it has a range of around 240 km. This electric vehicle would be ideal for city driving. The car’s structure was designed to be easily dismantled, meaning that its parts can be easily removed and recycled once the vehicle has reached the end of its life.
A number of the Noah’s parts were 3D printed in collaboration with Oceanz, a Dutch company specialised in additive manufacturing: a great way of designing lighter parts that are also more environmentally-friendly.
The students of TU/ecomotive – the name of their team – developed this car to prove that 3D printing could transform automotive design and its evolution and bring it in line with the concept of the circular economy. Moreover, they aimed to give shape to the hopes based on the concept of sustainable mobility.
For the time being, the project is still under construction. The students hope to complete it by April or May, and obtain a licence to drive it by the summer of 2018.