(Calgary) A Canadian company hopes some day motorists will be driving an electric car made out of hemp.
Calgary's Motive Industries says it will introduce an electric car next month whose bio-composite body is made from cannabis. The Calgary "Herald" reports the green vehicle's design will be unveiled next month at a Vancouver trade show. It uses a hemp-fiber composite that's as strong as fiberglass, but lighter and less expensive.
Designer Nathan Armstrong says the material will be used to replace other metal components except for the structural frame. "It's not a direct replacement," Armstrong said of swapping the hemp for existing materials, "but cuts down on the manufacturing costs and energy requirements."
Hemp is cannabis that contains negligible amounts of THC and Armstrong says because of that, he's heard all the jokes about a hemp car. The concept, he adds, is not a new one, as Henry Ford built a car with a hemp body in 1940. Armstrong says the first prototypes of his design should be finished this year.
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