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Motive Industries talks about its cannabis-bodied car – Click above to watch a video after the jump

Motive Industries has announced that they will unveil Canada's first bio-composite bodied electric car this September at the EV 2010 VÉ Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver. Dubbed the Kestrel, the four-passenger compact forgoes some of the traditional fibers used in composites for a renewable green car (*ahem*) technology – hemp.

The bio material is derived from hemp mats produced by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) who gets their stash from Vegreville, Alberta (industrial hemp, i.e., Cannabis sativa L, is legally grown in Canada under license from Health Canada and must contain less than 0.3 per cent THC). As well as having the impact resistance of fiberglass composites, the hemp version has the added bonuses of being lighter and cheaper – two important qualities for battery-powered vehicles.

Engineered for a program called Project Eve that aims to aid Canadian firms produce electric vehicles and components, the Darren McKeage-designed cannabis car will undergo prototyping and testing later this month. Hit the jump for Calgary News broadcast discussing the new composite, including footage with company president Nathan Armstrong.

[Sources: Motive Industries, Calgary News]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      same strength as fiberglass composites? whoever said pot was dangerous...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously, growers should just remove the THC from the plant and use the fibers. We could make paper and cars and just about anything from the plant, stop deforestation, make the environmentalists happy and industrialists could still turn a profit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You could smoke a field of industrial hemp and you would get a headache.
        The buds or "Marijuana" are usually harvested off the top of the stalk, falling to the ground, replenishing nutrients back to the soil. Since hemp grows in canopies, weeds cannot survive, therefore providing rich, nutrient soil for a rotation of crops. No pesticides are required when cultivating hemp. Hemp also has the longest and strongest fibers of any plant on earth. For us Americans,"Marijuana" is criminalized because of the Hemp Industry not because of the drug. It remains illegal to grow because of the monetary losses that would occur with the Petrol and Paper Industry. ( To name a few ) Big Industry does not like change. Plus they have plenty of cash for lobbyists on Capitol Hill to keep things the way they are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wha? Drugs? No officer that smell IS my car. This thing? No that's a decorative. . . vase. . . you know, like in volkswagens?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It also produces more durable clothing than cotton and has better biofuel yield per acre than corn.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im not a tree hugger but all these loggers and ax men could be farmers, hemp and hemp oil can be used for so many different things.
      • 4 Years Ago

      I've been working with AITF formerly known as The Alberta Research Council for the last 2 1/2 years helping to ensure they are legally compliant in regards to Material Safety Data, and WHMIS standards here in Canada.

      So even though I don't "take the pot," and I "don't smoke marijuana cigarettes," I can proudly say I helped to (indirectly) build Canada's first pot car. Koooo-el !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kinda gives new meaning to the phrase "Boy, I really smoked that car!!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tip to the inventors, preserve some of the cannabis smell in the product. This will eliminate the need for car air fresheners and give a new meaning to that new car smell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yay for Albertan innovation. Guess where I live ??

      • 4 Years Ago
      What's old is new again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least one country understands and is seeking to utilize this plant's potential.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish exotics would make more of their cars out of this stuff. When it inevtiably catches fire, the worst that'll happen is a case of the munchies.
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