The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Car: It’s Made Entirely From HEMP



hempcarYou would never think that a single plant could solve most of the worlds problems, well it can. Hemp has over 50, 000 uses, why this plant remains illegal is causing confusion among many. Everything from clothes, medicine, fabrics, fuel and more, hemp is definitely a large threat to a variety of corporations that control energy, health and a number of other industries. Many corporations would see a decline in profit if hemp were to be legalized. One in particular this article will focus on is the automobile industry.

The worlds most Eco-friendly car, the Kestrel, was designed in Canada by Calgary-based Motive Industries INC. Unlike the United States government, the Canadian government is open to hemp farming and actively supporting the industrial hemp industry and it’s potential benefit for us and our environment.

It has a top speed of 90 km per hour and a range of approximately 100 miles before needing to be recharged. It’s powered by a motor made by TM4 Electrodynamic Systems, a Quebec based company.

It’s weight is approximately 2,500 pounds, and has a very affordable price given the fact that hemp is very easy to grow and requires nothing but the sun. It fits 4 passengers and the production version of it was supposed to be available this year. Since the unveiling of it a couple of years ago, everything all of a sudden has become quiet. You can contact the developers here for more information if you are interested or would like to get your hands on one.

The body of the car is completely impact-resistant and made entirely out of hemp. When we think of cars we think of gasoline, steel, pollution, etc. Even though we have had some innovative and visually pleasing cars on the road today, it is difficult to ignore the sheer environmental impact that modern cars create.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a hemp car making noise, did you know that Henry Ford spent more than a decade researching and building his Model T car? This was in the 1940′s, it was completely made from hemp. This car was 10 times stronger than steel and was also designed to run off of hemp bio-fuel! Whatever happened to this idea? Read more about that here.

To think that even one of the founders of a major car manufacturer was trying to give the world a vehicle that was safe, strong and clean for the environment is good to know. At the same time, his invention was so suppressed that it is somewhat disheartening. How did we go from such an obvious and intelligent discovery, to using gasoline, steel and other non-harmonious materials? It’s important to keep in mind that not only do we need to look at the pollution factor of material while in use, we should also be aware of the pollution caused from manufacturing and creating of cars from raw materials.

Looking at hemp, it complies with every Eco-standard  that exists today; in fact, it blows them out of the water. The suppression of this technology is largely due to the fact that hemp was outlawed in the US in 1937 due to the potential damaging effect it would have on many powerful industries at that time. I highly recommend you check out the full story we wrote on how hemp became illegal.

The Kestrel’s hemp composite body shell passed its crash test in strong form, unlike steel, the panels bounce back into shape after impact. Hemp also has the same mechanical properties as glass. It is even lighter than glass and these properties help boost fuel efficiency.

The oldest known records of hemp farming go back 5000 years in China. For thousands of years, 90% of all ships sails and rope made from hemp. Hemp is an unlimited, forever lasting resource. For that reason alone it is a threat to our current financial and economic systems. It seems the systems we have in place are used to justify why products like this cannot be mass marketed and mass distributed. It’s time for a change, and it’s time for us to implement new methods and technologies that are more harmonious with the planet.

Sources:

http://www.motiveind.com/services-design.html

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/stories/canadian-firm-goes-green-with-hemp-car

http://www.truthonpot.com/2013/07/11/the-worlds-most-eco-friendly-hemp-car-the-kestrel/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/cannabis-electric-car-to-be-made-in-canada-1.903115

http://www.mobilemag.com/2010/09/15/first-kestrel-hemp-electric-car-photos-unveiled/

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103 comments on “The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Car: It’s Made Entirely From HEMP

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  3. hemps not illegal and fifty thousand uses of it?…….you lose the argument when you make ridiculous claims like this

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  6. How can I purchase a car like this? Anybody know? Really appreciate a response. Thank you!

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  11. Deez

    Fantastic !

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  14. Cool, here in China allows to farm hemp ,check out more on http://www.greenhemp.org

  15. I thought the article was well written. Yellow journalism? Anyway! I thought the hemp was made into a colorized, high impact plastic. Corvettes were made of fiberglass, and were patch-able with a fiber-putty substance(I saw my brother do this one time). Thank you and continue to keep us informed!!! :-)

  16. R

    “Entirely”. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  17. ferd

    As a builder of electric vehicles I appreciate your concern for the environment and your interest in alternative technologies. But I wish you’d consider using different tactics to spread the word. This article smacks of the same yellow journalism that one of your links complains about. You spend much more time crying conspiracy than you do supporting the claim in your headline, and your linked articles do the same. Too many environmentalists have used these tactics for too long, and the general public is tired of it and suspicious. If instead you would supply calm facts and data – linked to verifiable sources – you would achieve more credibility and traction. It is easy for naysayers to attack naked passion, not so easy for them to attack proof. Yeah they’ll attack proof too, but if the proof is valid then they’ll become the people that the public finds suspicious.

    Using a relatively misunderstood fiber like hemp brings several questions to mind, and I was disappointed not to see any of them addressed. How quickly does it biodegrade – would my car rot away to uselessness within a few years? Would biodegrading render the structure unsafe? Will finishes like paint remain adhered? Is it repairable, and at what costs compared to conventional materials? These are the types of questions (practical issues) that we need to explain.

    Please don’t take offense. I’m with you man! But it’s past time to shelve the emotional arguments and focus upon proving practicality, and admitting short-comings when we find them.

    • Maybe you are right Ferd, It’s important to focus on the solutions, and to let people know they are available rather than constantly bringing up suppression and all that. I’ve been contemplating that myself lately, but I am learning as I go, and my consciousness continues to grow and expand into a new way of viewing things, which I imagine will ultimately change the gist of my writing.

      Thanks for the comments and visiting our site!

    • Jon

      Best comment I have read on any hemp article ever. Lets look at the facts and practicality of the situation.

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  19. pretty cool. One small stepping stone- CBD(cannabidiol) is now legal in the U.S.! Evetually it will all be legal, but for now CBD will help a lot of people. If you want to be able to help them to – http://www.cbdopportunity.com

    • Industrial hemp remains illegal because it DOES NOT NEED lots of chemicals like cotton needs! Industrial Hemp only needs ONE SEVENTH of the water of cotton. In some countries, growing is now legal, but these growers are often so ignorant using expensive wasteful retting systems, that they are not using the green harvesting and decorticating system developed by Textile and Composite Industries Pty. Ltd.
      http://www.textilecomposite.com.au +61 (0) 413 721 633.
      These economical Textile & Composite P/L systems allow production of fibre for clothing & textiles, hurd for building materials, and seed for food and oils.

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