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Chassis and body of our new Tesla's made of Linen / Flax

Discussion in 'Technical' started by Mergoscia, May 1, 2017.

  1. Mergoscia

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    In the Netherlands, Europe, a Technical University (TU Eindhoven) is developing a car made out of linen/ flax. The flax is used for the construction parts, the chassis, as well as for the body work.
    If layers linen are pressed in a certain way the material is as strong or stronger than aluminium.
    The reason for this development by students of the university is to enhance sustainability and to let the car be biodegradable and recycable after use.
    Next to this a car made with this material will be even more fuel or electricity efficient.
    At the moment the production of aluminium and carbon fibre used for cars is very energy-consuming. When linen / flax are being applied in the production of cars, not only the car is more efficient in driving but in production as well.
    The students think the use of this material will be the future in the automotive industry.

    What do you think?

    I know what I think. I want my Tesla model 3 made in linen/flax. And by the time I switch to model S and X I want the same for those.

    Can you make that happen, Elon?

    Here's the link to the news report about the subject.(sadly only available in Dutch.) Remember Elon did start like this once.
    NOS Journaal van Vandaag, 09:00 | NOS
    NOTE: the topic begins at 06:33 minutes and ends at 07:56 minutes in the newsprogramm.
     
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    Only if they are this size:

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  5. mrElbe

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    Shades of the former East German Trabant. The Duroplast body panels were made out of cotton production waste and resin.
     
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  6. SmartElectric

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    It's not the flax that I'm concerned about, it's the resin and other binding materials necessary to provide the core strength and longevity. Recycling those harsh chemicals is a non-starter. In contrast, Aluminum can be infinitely recycled with trivial levels of process/equipment.
     

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