Cars keep on being major polluters: Not only exhaust gases, but also particulate matter and microplastic emissions are among the causes of mobility-related environmental pollution. A prototype designed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is intended to remedy this situation: Together with two specialist companies, the institute has developed a vehicle that could become the greenest car of all time: the ZEDU-1.
According to the developers, the nearly emission-free prototype is the most environmentally friendly road vehicle in the world. It runs on an electric drive basis, and also greatly reduces the emitted pollutants that are generated by the abrasion of tires and brakes. All this is possible because of new components that are immediately recognizable at first glance: The wheels are enclosed. Inside, too, much is new: The brakes are encapsulated, and there is an extraction system for fine dust and tire particles.