They designed an electric car that devours carbon dioxide

The car dreamed up by Dutch students reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere while driving.

Humanity is already aware of the problem of carbon dioxide emissions, and various solutions are now being used to reduce the amount of gas that contributes to climate change. One of the most effective methods seems to be the collection of atmospheric carbon dioxide, although the disadvantage of this is that it requires a relatively large amount of energy, so similar facilities also require a significant amount of renewable energy in order to significantly reduce the amount of CO2.

While a creative solution with filters installed on railway cars would solve the above challenges, a group of Dutch students has designed an electric car that can also trap carbon dioxide while driving, writes the Euronews.

The ZEM electric car captures atmospheric carbon dioxide while driving (Photo: tuecomotive.nl)

The ZEM electric car captures atmospheric carbon dioxide while driving (Photo: tuecomotive.nl)

Designed by students of Eindhoven University of Technology Zero Emission Mobility (ZEM) fantasia-named car operates with a purely electric drive, and its body was created from recycled plastic with the help of 3D printing.

Although electric cars do not emit combustion products while driving, the production of the lithium-ion batteries used to store energy certainly involves a serious environmental burden – it is true that the environmental burden projected over the entire life cycle of electric cars is still much lower than in the case of any gasoline or diesel car – therefore even the carbon footprint of an electric car with zero kilometers is significant. However, the issue of emissions can be solved with the help of technology.

The soul of the ZEM is represented by two carbon dioxide filters, which can capture roughly 2 kilograms of carbon dioxide during a journey of more than 30,000 kilometers. Although this is a small amount – 12 cars would have to travel about 30,000 kilometers to neutralize as much CO2 as an average tree manages in one year – the students also acknowledge this, however, in the next phase of the development, they want to increase the capacity of the filters by several orders of magnitude.

According to the students’ idea, used filters could be replaced at gas stations or charging stations for electric cars.

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