Say hello to the student-built coupe that cleans the air while it drives

The Zero Emission Mobility (ZEM) has a built-in feature that captures CO2 and cleans the air while it drives

The ZEM coupe can capture up to two kilograms of CO2 over 20,000 miles of travel, now how about that?

It's been reported that a student team from TU Eindhoven in The Netherlands has developed this prototype machine. It’s been described as a sportily styled coupe, and it’s designed as a truly zero-emission car.

According to NDTV, the two-seater houses a Cleantron lithium-ion battery pack, and most of its parts are 3D-printed from recycled plastics.

TU/ecomotive team manager, Louise de Laat said that “we can already see that we will be able to increase the capacity of the filter in the coming years”. The filter is currently in the proof-of-concept phase, and the students are in the process of applying for a patent for it.

"Our end goal is to create a more sustainable future," said Jens Lahaije, finance manager for TU/ecomotive, the Eindhoven University of Technology student team that created the car.

According to team estimates, the ZEM uses two filters that can capture up to 2kg (about 4.4 lbs) of CO2 as the EV travels 20,000 miles. This might not seem like much, but when around 10 ZEMs can absorb around as much carbon as an average tree, that's quite a lot.

The team believes that their filter can change the world. Louise de Laat. went on to say that “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."

The students hope their car will encourage the transport sector to become more sustainable. “We want to tickle the industry by showing what is already possible,” said Nikko Okkels of TU/ecomotive. “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.”

It's been reported that it can take around 200 miles of driving to fill the filter, and the team is aiming to develop a system where a filter can be changed while the vehicle is charging. If this was to become a thing and if every car worldwide was fitted with a filter, you can only begin to imagine how much of a huge difference this would make if we all made that bit more of an effort to reduce global warming.

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