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A car that has been made entirely from biodegradable natural materials has recently passed road safety tests in the Netherlands and could soon be seen on public roads. 

A car that has been made entirely from biodegradable natural materials has recently passed road safety tests in the Netherlands and could soon be seen on public roads.

The four-seater, known as LINA, has a lightweight structure made from flax and sugar beet and then coated in a bio plastic. It was the brainchild of TC Ecomotive, a team of students from Eindhoven University of Technology. 

Manufacturing uses 20 per cent of the energy that conventional modern cars require.

In a statement, the university commented that the innovative concept car has a few final tests and adaptations to undergo before it can be driven on public roads. Motoring journalists are keen to get behind the wheel, and Dan Simmons, from the BBC, has been the first person outside the production team to give LINA a test drive.

Innovation or obsolescence?

As the BBC published its first video of LINA in action, debate is already raging online as to whether this is set to be the next great step in automotive innovation or just another school project, doomed to spend eternity forgotten in a corner next to the pen holders and coat racks.

“Of all the things that make sense to be made biodegradable, a car isn’t one of them,” said one commentator.

However, others were quick to leap to LINA’s defence, pointing out that even with the latest petrol / electric hybrid vehicles, the amount of waste cars produce at the end of their life is still an important issue, and one that this project is right to address. 

An advocate remarked: “We have composite biomaterials that last decades, but can easily and cleanly be disposed of when necessary. There is value in being able to compost it at the end of its lifespan.”

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