GONZALES — Students from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands displayed the world’s first 100% recycled car last Monday at Gonzales High School.
The solar-powered vehicle is all-electric with zero emissions. Parts of the car are made out of fibers of recycled materials, including the seats that are created from pineapple husks.
“That car is the car of the future,” said GHS Principal Jer Soriano. “It drives very quiet and you can hardly hear it run. It will go up to 60 miles an hour in 12 seconds and operates on solar energy. More importantly, the car lets out zero emissions.”
The car was on display for students and teachers to view in front of the high school’s old art room, which now serves as the Exploration Factory, run by Director Richard Tavener.
“The Exploration Factory serves as a room where teachers work along with Mr. Tavener on related content materials, and the facility is used by all our classes,” Soriano explained. “Much thanks to our Exploration Factory Director, Mr. Richard Tavener, for making this happen here at Gonzales. Each school in our district will soon have an Exploration Factory on their campus.”
The team of students from Eindhoven University of Technology is currently on a tour of the United States and were praised by the Gonzales Unified School District for their creativity and ingenuity, as well as for making connections and building relationships with the school’s students and staff.