The Next Big 'Green' Car Could Be Made from Hemp? [w/video]
Hey man, hemp is, like, really useful and stuff. Ok, outside of the advocate at your local head shop, there have been many reports on the uses of hemp. They include rope, and it is even used as a powder for protein shakes, but this is one use we have not heard yet– a car made completely from hemp. In an effort to be the halo car of the stoner world, Calgary-based Motive Industries INC has created the Kestrel; an electric car made from hemp. The Canadian government is supporting the hemp industry and encouraging new uses for the substance, in addition to the more than 50,000 uses that already exist. RELATED: See images of the 2014 Detroit Electric SP:01
The car weighs about 2,500 pounds, and is said to fit four passengers. Given that hemp is easy to grow and potentially abundant (if you know where to look!), the car can be produced on a relatively small budget. Word of this hemp car first came out back in 2010 and the promise was that a car would be ready by this year. The producers of the vehicle have since gone quiet, but the plan was for a vehicle that used a hemp body (which is reportedly as strong as steel, and can bounce back into place after impact) wrapped around an electric drivetrain. Here is an early report back from 2010:
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The battery is supposedly good for 100 miles on one charge, and is said to reach 90 km/h 56 mph. Though the trail on this car has gone mostly quiet, hopefully Canada’s support of the hemp industry, combined with our need for alternative, sustainable methods of production will breathe life back into the Kestrel!
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