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Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by mpt, Aug 24, 2010.
Well, Hemp but cool still.
There may be some additional info in the CBC article:
Not a bad looking vehicle...who owns it, Cheech or Chong? :biggrin::wink:
You know they're thinking, "Sh*t! We were only joking, but we should have patented that idea."
I got two images from the article.
1) The odd cosmic redundancy of teenagers clambaking in the thing.
2) Firefighters rendered useless with a zone-high from a car fire.
Well, I like it. Light weight (1874 lbs), three door hatch, seats four. Canadian. Just hope it's esthetically pleasing. I do like the bit they've shown so far.
I read an article several years ago that said that newer Mercedes models contained quite a bit of hemp, about 100 kg. I'm not 100% certain, but I believe they were talking about production models. Hemp-reinforced plastic was said to be easy to work with, cheaper, stronger and more environmentally friendly than fiberglass.
I couldn't find the article, but I found several others - Henry Ford used hemp body panels in his cars in 1941!
An updated story on the Kestrel. The Worlds Made Entirely From HEMP | Collective-Evolution The material is strong, lightweight and renewable.
Ford thrived industrial hemp for car bodies in the 1930s. Guess that was the basis of the better idea from Ford.