The electric car made entirely from trash

(SOUNDBITE) (English) STUDENT AT TU EINDHOVEN AND PROJECT MANAGER OF TEAM LUCA, LISA VAN ETTEN, SAYING:

"This car is very special because it's made all out of waste.’’

Meet ‘Luca’, the bright yellow, electric two-seater.

It's made from plastics fished out of the ocean, recycled plastic bottles and regular household garbage.

It took a group of 22 Dutch students around 18 months to build it.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) STUDENT AT TU EINDHOVEN AND PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER OF TEAM LUCA, MATTHIJS VAN WIJK, SAYING:

"We want to build a sustainable car, and at some point, we worked out there are 1.2 billion tonnes of waste every year. And while we think that's not necessary, we actually see waste as a really valuable material that can be used in complex applications, so that's why we thought we're going to build a car out of waste materials."

The chassis is built out of is flax and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

Parts of televisions, toys and kitchen appliances make up the rest, while the seat cushions are made of coconut ad horse hairs.

‘Luca’ can reach a top speed of 56 miles per hour, and can drive for 137 miles when fully charged.

The students hope their creation will encourage other companies to follow in their sustainable footsteps.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) STUDENT AT TU EINDHOVEN AND PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER OF TEAM LUCA, MATTHIJS VAN WIJK, SAYING:

"We really hope that other car companies, other companies, start using waste materials because we really want to show that it's possible in many applications. And I think it will take some time, but we are seeing that more and more companies are starting to use either bio-based or waste materials in the interior, and we want to show that it's also possible to build a chassis out of it, and hopefully in the coming years, we will also see that happening."