• Jul 13th 2009 at 11:48AM
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Making powertrains more efficient is only one part of reducing the environmental impact of vehicles. The energy required to mine and process raw materials into the components that comprise a vehicle and then transport it to the end customer can often amount to a significant fraction of the total energy used to operate the vehicle. In the town of Tabontabon in the Philippines, they have started building new taxis based on renewable materials. The bodywork is made entirely from bamboo. Since bamboo is a grass, it can be harvested and it grows back. It's also extremely strong and lightweight. Of course, this vehicle still won't come close to meeting the crash test standards in North America or Europe but for a low cost, low speed vehicle in a rural area it's a great alternative. Even the fuel is renewable as the engines in these vehicles are fueled by biodiesel produced from coconut oil. Thanks to Philip for the tips!

[Source: Fast Company]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      And if I can find enough reclaimed wool, methinks I might knit me a Porsche
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry, but I can't look at this without envisioning Gilligan behind the steering wheel, and the Howell's sitting as passengers, sipping out of their bamboo cups with little umbrellas sticking out of them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I envision Cheech and Chong. "No, the pot is the van!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, that's dangerous. Very high in saturated fat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Increasing the flammability of a car is always a plus. Add a couple hundred Li-ion batteries and it'll be complete!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well it is about time. The new GM and Chrysler could learn a thing or two from these people. They need to fire their engineers and hire from the philippines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      can anything good come from that country . . .

      Oh, the Prius is for sale there this year . . . at $46,000+. tsk tsk tsk.

      No wonder for a country that was sold for $20M.
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