New Delhi: The sporty all-electric car from the Netherlands resembles, but is not identical, a BMW coupe, it captures more carbon than it emits.
“Our ultimate goal is to create a more sustainable future,” said Jens Lahaje, financial manager of TU/Ecomotive, the Eindhoven University of Technology student team that built the car.
The two-seater, called the ZEM, has a Kleintron lithium-ion battery for zero-emissions mobility. Lahaje said the majority of its parts are 3D printed from recycled plastics.
He said the aim is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions throughout the life of the car, from production to recycling.
Battery electric vehicles generate virtually no CO2 during operation compared to combustion engine vehicles. Battery cell manufacturing can cause so much pollution that electric cars may have to travel thousands of kilometers to reach “carbon parity” with comparable fossil fuel models.
The Eindhoven team estimates that ZEM uses two filters that can capture up to 2 kilograms (4.41 pounds) of CO2 over a 20,000-mile drive. They envision a future where it will be possible to empty the filters at charging stations.
Students are showcasing their vehicle for universities and companies from the East Coast to Silicon Valley on a promotional tour across America.
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