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


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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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  1. Ok, interesting article, but Seriously you really need to fact check. First of all the car is NOT, I repeat NOT made entirely from hemp. The body might be made from hemp, the seats might be, but i’ll guarantee you that the motor, the drivetrain, and the electronics in the vehicle are NOT made from hemp. What about the Glass. Last i checked it was made from silica.

    Second issue. YOU SAID that the Model T was made from hemp in the 1940’s. REALLY? LOL try again. The Model T ford was manufactured from 1908 til 1927. Furthermore, Henry Ford never researched making the car from hemp. In 1908 there was a hemp fuel option that was phased out in the early 1920s because it was too costly to use when oil prices dropped The model T was always made and was designed to be made from wood and steel not hemp. Furthmore, hemp oil was used in a diesel engine, not a gasoline engine, and gasoline engine was designed for various reason of which one was it was more reliable in colder regions and did not gel up like diesel will.

  2. WTF? “Hemp also has the same mechanical properties as glass. It is even lighter than glass and these properties help boost fuel efficiency.”
    Do you have a clue? How much of the rest of this article is as correct?

  3. Hemp is being held down by the politicians who are on the payrolls of big business. We are all aware that politicians are thieves and liars. They will hold the newly arriving hemp industry down for personal gain. Hemp has been used by intelligent societies for thousands of years. Hemp was originally outlawed in the U.S. as a result of competition with big business, who was experiencing diminished bottom lines. Big business interests paid off their lackey political friends to equate hemp with marihuana. Total nonsense but it worked . the moronic citizens permitted the Congress to schedule hemp as a dangerous narcotic. The same situation exists today with the exception that the government is fooling a totally new group of moronic citizens. We have permitted corrupt organization like the D.E.A. to frighten us. The D.E.A. should be outlawed and exposed for the corrupt trash that they are. The states must demand their rights and tell the U.S. government to get out of their towns by sundown. Hemp will revitalize the U.S given the opportunity. Any political entity that takes the wrong position should be gotten rid of. I do not mean next year. I mean now. Let us dispose of the incompetent lying thieves in Congress and get on with serious business. Hemp will enrich our lives as well as our bank accounts. Come on folks, get off your rear ends and take a stand.

  4. lumie

    Industrial use for use in making rope, cloth and such is fine. Its just not a revenue maker. Illegal POT is much more lucrative and is a billion dollar business. So getting high is the big buck business and not the textile business. There are companies and countries that grow hemp and they do make great items. Its just not a big enough business so it remains tiny and fanatics just use it to try to launch another legalization of POT vs the reality of hemp. As for using hemp for composite panels, well, its nothing more than hemp fiber being coated with plastic resin like you do with fiberglass or carbon fiber. It can be fixed like the others but still requires that nasty polyester resin or epoxy resin to actually make it work. So its not really some natural material. It becomes just as polluting as any other plastic compound after its impregnated with resin. As for medical use of POT. Na! It makes you stupid and over a long period of use makes you just tired. It really does not take away pain and it messes with real pain medication given for medical procedures requiring higher doses to put you to sleep or reduce the pain associated with a medical procedure that requires it. Even if it was legalized you would still have countless people driving stoned (with todays pot its bad news) and you’d still have people not working and needing to support the habit and since you can’t afford to buy it they still resort to theft. Nothing changes and it is still a huge multibillion dollar business.

    • Max

      @Lumie..the hemp plastic is made by injection moulding and does NOT need any Fiberglas resin at all,many cars use these hemp panels for interiors mostly,
      The link to that Kestrel car is dead though,so I doubt it will ever get of the ground

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

    • Gregory

      Hemp is listed as a schedule 1 DRUG just like marijuana. Just ask the DEA…

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

  7. Deez

    Fantastic !

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

  9. 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!!! :-)

  10. R

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Dawn

    Why not make this run on hemp fuel as well like Ford did? Why make something that is not completely biodegradable and safe for the environment? I mean seriously… A battery? Haven’t we gotten past this yet? Look around us… Our ecosystem is in serious decline.

    • burning hemp oil is not environmentally friendly. Electricity has the potential to be completely environmentally friendly. With electricity, you remove the need to have the power making device inside the vehicle.
      Which means much larger things, such as solar farms, or turbines can provide the power.
      Burning anything is bad for the environment. Burning fuels and oils releases huge amounts of carbon and other greenhouse gasses, not to mention with a very low efficiency.

      • Hemp fuel is the cleanest burning fuel on the market. With hemp legalization will come millions of Co2 breathing Oxygen expelling hemp plants. The world wide start up of hemp farming alone would reverse ANY damage WE as a species have or could have done. Not to mention that there would be an end to,; paper mills that produce environmentally dangerous chemicals, plastic factories that spew toxins into the air, textile manufacturing of polyester and rayon leaving byproduct chemicals with radioactive half lives, deforestation, all these things would no longer be a factor in disturbing the environment. Combine the millions of tons of added oxygen and remove the top 4 environmental hazards. Burning hemp fuel would leave a 0 footprint

  14. alex

    In the 1900s henry ford built a hemp car .

  15. Since when is hemp illegal? I eat hemp seeds. Maybe cannabis which is a different kind.

    • It’s illegal to grow hemp in the U.S without a DEA administered permit. The hemp products sold in America are grown elsewhere e.g. Canada where it’s legal to grow. Hemp seeds that we eat here can’t germinate, therefore they are not illegal in the U.S.

    • Ali

      Hemp Seeds are legal to consume but all Hemp Seeds are imported into the US usually from Canada. You cannot grow Hemp in the US.

  16. Mark

    It says a lot about the nauseatingly poor and actually quite unoriginal design of the Kestrel when you need to illustrate the article with a picture of a completely different car … the Lotus Elise Eco (built with body panels made of hemp, eco wool and sisal, but made in Norfolk, England, in 2008) http://www.lotuscars.com/gb/engineering/eco-elise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRysD6TuhHU

    • Adrian Clarke of Ballan, Victoria, is the only person to have developed machinery for properly harvesting industrial hemp, for all three main crops of fibre, hurd and grain. These three essentially make the 50,000 products. Buy his machine; put some cash up. Make governments change from their DuPont and Monsanto positions! Dupont makes much of the plastics using oil which became economic only once industrial hemp was outlawed, and Monsanto sells lots of chemicals to cotton farmers, whereas hemp hardly needs chemicals and needs one-seventh of the water of cotton. Hemp fibre, hurd and grains would be a great crop in Australia. Grains make good human food, if governments stop deliberately outlawing it. In the meantime the grains probably make great stockfood provding an on-farm feed source. Industrial hemp will grow to 15 feet or so in a six month season.
      And, yes, hemp makes light and strong car bodies. Yes, Henry Ford even developed a car to run on hemp oil as the fuel, not just making a car body. But, the oil lobby made sure those cars were outlawed, or just simply not able to meet ‘legal requirements': every law has hundreds of clauses; the politicians just possibly write them the way that might just suit some particular set of firms, and not suit others.
      Gez
      See:
      Check out some hemp textiles related videos:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8LFErsq6wI
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgHKkvE94uo
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_ldevrLFTs
      Adrian Francis K. Clarke
      Managing Director,
      Textile and Composite Industries Pty. Ltd.
      http://www.textilecomposite.com.au
      +61 (0) 413 721 633
      adrianc1@optusnet.com.au
      adrianclarketci@gmail.com
      Adrian’s book:
      http://www.amazon.com/End-Puritan-Economy-Nanas-ebook/dp/B006WVTDT0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327908120&sr=8-1

  17. Draco T Bastard

    “…the fact that hemp is very easy to grow and requires nothing but the sun.”

    Wrong. Plants use the sun to power the transformation of the minerals in the ground into plant. Take those minerals away (which growing the plant does) and the plant can’t grow.

    “Hemp is an unlimited, forever lasting resource.”

    Also wrong. Although if we farm it sustainably it would be a forever lasting resource at any given time it would be in limited supply due to the limited amount of ground area that could be devoted to growing hemp. IMO, it may have been because of this limited availability that prevented Ford from manufacturing cars out of hemp.

    Although I’m all for doing things sustainably and using natural resources where possible I just get really irritated when people go round implying that this will magically give us infinite resources. If we wish to live sustainably then we need to find out what resources we have available and then learn to live within them. IMO, cars, no matter what they’re made out of, are not sustainable.

    • Exactly, so they require the Sun, take that away are you take away those minerals…As far as ground area, it doesn’t matter because it would just keep growing, and I’m sure there is plenty of ground area.

    • I know I didn’t write the article and my judgment may be invalid but I think the author may have been overemphasizing a bit to illustrate the tremendous positive affects that would ensure if hemp was utilized in the United States.

      The way I understood the first statement you pointed out was that hemp is incredibly easy to grow, and that it is. Obviously all plant life needs a medium to grow in and food along with water and light. I find it quite hard to believe that the author wouldn’t understand such a basic concept.

      When we look at the second statement you singled out, I don’t think it would be too outrageous to say that hemp can be utilized for as long as we exists – in other words, our forever. It would be unreasonable to assume that we don’t have the land to sustain this resource, especially considering the opportunities it presents to so many farmers. So many farmers would quickly convert their lands for hemp harvesting.

      Anyways, my point, I believe you are just taking things a bit too seriously and blowing them too far out of proportion. Lighten up a bit mate. Perhaps light one up? Take it as you may. I leave you to reflect upon this manner.

      Peace and Love Brother

      • Good Rental

        LIKE ^^^^^

      • Catherine Coffey

        good one Kyle. Hemp was demonized back in the king cotton days as well as paper mills because it was so much cheaper to grow and it would take money out of the pockets of the big boys back in olden days of the big plantation barons.

  18. Same story, different design; it’s already happening…(?!)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI8b6uSczB0

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