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There's no shortage of pro-hemp advocates in the car world, and right now is the perfect time to mark their influence on the way automakers build cars and how some people power them. Of course, weed and hemp are not the same thing, but this is the best we can do to mark the occasion. Here are the hemp+car stories we've had on AutoblogGreen over the past year. Enjoy.
Yesterday, I posted about the Ford Hemp car video on YouTube after getting a tip from Manu Sharma. Manu followed up with me and gently corrected me that he's a he, not a she. More germane to AutoblogGreen, Manu corrects some of the information he found, including the fact that the hemp plastic body on the car is actually 33 percent lighter than a comparable steel body would be (not 44 percent). Manu found the following in the December 1941 issue of Popular Mechanics:
In the 1930s and 1940s, Henry Ford developed a car body that was made from from hemp fiber, and now YouTube has a video of it (and everything else). The video is only 26 seconds long, pixelated and there is no listed source, but the information in it is pretty cool. Henry Ford's plastic hemp car used fibers made from hemp, and the resulting material was "lighter than steel, but could withstand ten times the impact without denting" according to the clip. Manu Sharma, of Orange Hues, wrote in with
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