Yes, yes... A car made from hemp? It's a subject we have discussed a few times: hemp-powered cars and car panels made from hemp fiber, and it looks serious: Ford, teaming with the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and hemp fiber supplier Hemcore are developing a plant matter used to build auto bodies. The DEFRA is investing half a million pounds (roughly a million dollars) in the matter, because the resulting material can be useful in not using petrochemicals and metals to
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: