plant-based electric car, but what is it?

Spanish start-up Liux presents Animal, a large 100% electric station wagon characterized by the use of recycled and plant-based materials.

Animal materials such as leather are less and less popular in the interiors of our cars, while manufacturers are now betting on sustainable and environmentally friendly materials. A trend that has long been embraced by Tesla in particular, which has opted for “vegan leather” on its cars for many years.

Today, more manufacturers are turning to upholstery and upholstery made from recycled materials, such as the Fiat 500 and its Seaqual seats. Recall that this material made from plastic extracted from the oceans and recycled.

Animal and plant

But some want to go further. This is especially the case with Lux, A young Spanish brand founded in December 2021 By David Sancho and Antonio Espinosa. Not yet known, the startup should be talked about soon, as it has just unveiled its first creation. This 100% electric wagon called Animal has an interesting feature.

Indeed, and as explained on the manufacturer’s website, this is the first plant-based car on the market, butMade from 90% recycled or plant-based materials. This applies especially to the interior, of course, but also to some external elements and even to the chassis. The body, for example, is made of canvas and cork, all covered in paint to create what the brand describes as “amphibian skin”.

other innovative materials are also used biopolymers, made of organic resins and fibers. Many parts are also made via 3D printing, reducing production-related CO2 emissions by 70%. To note car parts are 25% less compared to other models on the market.

The interior presentation is quite traditional yet modern, with the large touchscreen in a vertical position reminiscent of the MG Marvel Ri. If little was said about the onboard technologies, Liux revealed that the Animal uses Android Antomotive and With 5G connectivity.

Delivery in 2024

Unlike many startups that announce incredible and often imaginary numbers, the Spanish company wants to be very realistic. There are no breathtaking performances for this Animal, more comparable to a horse than a cheetah. Because, as the Liux site explains, the electric wagon is designed to be as strong and durable as Man’s finest conquest.

He gets on board for that four 23 kWh battery packs, offering a total capacity of approximately 90 kWh, allowing a range of up to 600 kilometers on a single charge. If this is not specified, it is undoubtedly the European WLTP cycle that is considered here.

This modular battery technology allows you to save money by replacing only one module later, for example in case of failure. It would also be easier to modulate autonomy by adding or removing elements or replacing them with more efficient ones. This is a system similar to the Evogo system of the Chinese giant CATL.

If the charging time and capacity are not announced by Liux, the brand nevertheless mentions it its electric wagon has 240 horsepower, shooting from 0 to 96 km/h in five seconds and for a top speed of 200 km/h. If we look at the configurator, we note that the launch version called Habitat Edition has 190 horsepower for 300 kilometers of autonomy and a maximum speed of 180 km/h.

Then you need to calculate 39,000 euros for this Animal, whose first deliveries are scheduled for the beginning of next year and are eligible for the environmental bonus. Reservations are now open, the deposit is 200 euros.

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