Monday, February 28, 2011

Electric car uses hemp composite to reduce weight to 2500 pounds

KestrelFast Fiber Plastics and hemp make for a strong, light, fuel-efficient body by Motive Industries

Introducing Kestrel, The First Road-Ready Car Built Out Of Hemp | Popular Science

In 1941, Henry Ford developed a car body made from organic fibers, including hemp. Today, the first production-ready bio-composite electric car will be released. The Kestrel is a three-door hatchback, manufactured by Motive Industries. The hemp composite, which is as strong as marine-grade fiberglass, cuts the weight of the car including battery to 2,500 pounds. By 2012, thousands of these hemp-mobiles will be on the road. The price will be around $25,000.
To make this resilient, lightweight compound, hemp stalks are combed and rolled into a mat that is infused with a polymer resin. the hemp makes the biocomposite’s flexibility similar to the carbon fiber used in racecars.


Susan P said...

You may want to have a pic of Henry's car posted on your site as well. I saw a demo of the strength of this type car at a site called VerSativa. Fuel for cars and Food for humans. That is what HEMP will do for the next generation.

Anonymous said...

The fuel is just like a food for cars,That is what HEMP will do for the next generation.

garry said...

Thanks for posting your insights and experiences.
Anybody looking for Gem Electric Vehicle

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