The folks at Autonews recently reported a serious breakthrough in the green car world. It takes the form of the Lina biodegradable car, created by a group of students in the Netherlands. It's not made of soy, kale, bamboo or the tears of Al Gore, but it is quite revolutionary. The Lina is primarily created from a sugar beet-derived resin, along with flax grown right in the Netherlands. Instead of salads and candles, these young geniuses made a car.

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Who says youth is wasted on the young? This team of brainiacs' creation could be the future.

The brilliant team of students at Eindhoven University of Technology is known as the TU/Ecomotive team. They've built the Lina that weighs in at a mere 684 pounds and hits 50 mph. The idea behind it was to create a truly green car whose majority of construction could be returned to the earth without waste. Only the suspension and wheels are not biodegradable. What's more, the car requires much less energy to create than even hybrids and EVs today. 

Though the structure of the car (seen below) has the strength-to-weight ratio that's similar to fiberglass, the vehicle has not yet been crash tested. It has yet to be test driven with documented results, but the team plans on getting approval by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority to do so. We think the car is brilliant. Hell, it already looks better than a Toyota Prius.

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