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THIS car cleans air while being driven!

This sporty all-electric car from the Netherlands resembles a BMW coupe, but is not the same, it captures more carbon than it emits.

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New Delhi: The sporty all-electric car from the Netherlands resembles a BMW coupe, but is not the same, it captures more carbon than it emits.

“Our ultimate goal is to create a more sustainable future,” said Jens Lahaije, financial manager of TU/ecomotive, the Eindhoven University of Technology student team that created the car.

The two-seater, called ZEM for zero-emission mobility, contains a Cleantron lithium-ion battery. Most of its parts are 3D printed from recycled plastics, Lahaije said.

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The aim is to minimize carbon dioxide emissions throughout the life of the car, from production to recycling, he added.

Battery electric vehicles produce virtually no CO2 during operation compared to combustion engine vehicles. The manufacture of battery cells can cause so much pollution that it may take electric cars tens of thousands of kilometers to reach “carbon parity” with comparable fossil fuel models.

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ZEM uses two filters that can capture up to 2 kilograms (4.41 lb) of CO2 over a 20,000-mile drive, the Eindhoven team estimated. They envision a future where it will be possible to empty the filters at charging stations.

The students are showcasing their vehicle on a promotional tour across the US to universities and companies from the East Coast to Silicon Valley.

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