A team of university students has created the world’s cleanest fully electric car. It’s not another Nissan Leaf that only self-cleans its body in the face of external factors. Literally, it’s the cleanest car in the world that removes carbon dioxide from the air. A fully electric car with zero haters even if it’s not in production.
What makes “Zem” the cleanest car in the world?
Thisfully electric carcalled Zem has created by 3D-printed from recycled plastics. Zem also has an interior made of pineapple and a dashboard made of cooking oil. “Zem” stands for “Zero Emission Mobility,” this car does not emit carbon. It also has a great exterior design. This Zem car has a pair of carbon filters in the front grille that contributes to cleaning the atmosphere by removing about 4.5lb of Carbon-dioxide per 20,000 miles.
That means ten Zem cars remove the same amount of carbon as a mature tree absorbs annually. Solar panels are also installed on the Zem’s roof, and those provide about 15% of the car’s energy needs. It has a traditional charging point at the rear that completes the rest of the car’s energy needs.
It was created by a team of 35 undergraduates at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Carbon neutrality is built into every aspect of the car. The Monocoque and body panels are created by additive manufacturing. “These parts of Zem are 3D-printed to get the desired shape and almost no waste produced,” TU/ecomotive has stated.
Printing these parts of the car from circular plastic that can be torn down and reused for other projects better meets the car’s CO2 neutralization goal. “The Zem electric car is also home to bi-directional charging that can be used to charge other items as well. Zem will look like an external battery to your home, providing green energy when needed,” TU/ecomotive has stated.
Bi-directional charging technology is paired with solar panels mounted on the car’s roof. In this way, Zem uses the battery and solar panels to make the vehicle and the surrounding environment more sustainable even when it is not being driven. “We are cleaning the air while driving and aiming to become completely CO2 neutral,” team manager Louise de Laat has stated.
TU/ecomotive shows a great example of how the automotive industry can contribute to environmental sustainability. We look forward to Zem’s next winning step.