TRENDING NOW: NASA's new James Webb Space Telescope photographs UFOs

Prototype electric car captures carbon from the air while driving

A student team has developed a prototype electric vehicle called Zem that is almost carbon neutral and captures CO2 from the air.

@AdamHuntTT
Published Jul 22, 2022 6:05 AM CDT

The new concept electric vehicle (EV) was made by students from the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Prototype electric car captures carbon from the air while driving 01 | TweakTown.com
VIEW GALLERY - 5 IMAGES

Named the Zem, it is the TU/ecomotive team's seventh EV project, and an attempt by the team to create a carbon neutral EV. The frame and body panels of the vehicle were made using recycled plastics and 3D printing to reduce wastage. The windows are made from polycarbonate instead of glass for a more environmentally friendly option, according to the team. The interior further utilizes recycled plastics and other sustainable materials like pineapple leather.

Prototype electric car captures carbon from the air while driving 02 | TweakTown.com

As the car is electric, it produces zero emissions as it drives around. However, some carbon footprint is unavoidable when manufacturing any vehicle, so the team implemented a direct air capture technology to offset the vehicle's carbon footprint to surpass carbon neutrality, eventually making the vehicle carbon negative.

As the Zem drives, its front grill allows air to reach a filter that the team claims results in 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of carbon dioxide (CO2) being removed from the atmosphere for every 20,600 kilometers (12,800 miles) traveled per year at speeds of about 60 kilometers (37 miles) per hour. The filter reaches capacity after 320 kilometers (~200 miles), at which point the CO2 needs to be offloaded, potentially into a tank at a charging station when the Zem needs to charge its batteries.

"It is really still a proof-of-concept, but we can already see that we will be able to increase the capacity of the filter in the coming years. Capturing CO2 is a prerequisite for compensating for emissions during production and recycling," said team manager Louise de Laat.

"We want to tickle the industry by showing what is already possible. If 35 students can design, develop and build an almost carbon-neutral car in a year, then there are also opportunities and possibilities for the industry. We call on the industry to pick up the challenge, and of course we are happy to think along with them. We're not finished developing yet either, and we want to take some big steps in the coming years. We warmly invite car manufacturers to come and take a look," said the team's external relations manager, Nikki Okkels.

Prototype electric car captures carbon from the air while driving 03 | TweakTown.com
Prototype electric car captures carbon from the air while driving 04 | TweakTown.com
Prototype electric car captures carbon from the air while driving 05 | TweakTown.com
Buy at Amazon

Razor E100 Electric Scooter

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
$194.36$148.00$148.00
* Prices last scanned on 8/12/2022 at 4:09 am CDT - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.
NEWS SOURCE:newatlas.com

Adam grew up watching his dad play Turok 2 and Age of Empires on a PC in his computer room, and learned a love for video games through him. Adam was always working with computers, which helped build his natural affinity for working with them, leading to him building his own at 14, after taking apart and tinkering with other old computers and tech lying around. Adam has always been very interested in STEM subjects, and is always trying to learn more about the world and the way it works.

Newsletter Subscription

Related Tags

Newsletter Subscription
Latest News
View More News
Latest Reviews
View More Reviews
Latest Articles
View More Articles