From June: Hemp Cars Could Be Wave of the FutureSubmitted by Bob-45 on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 04:23
By Amanda Onion (ABC NEWS)
A car made from grass may not sound sturdy, but scientists say plant-based cars are the wave of the future.
Researchers in Australia and England are working on developing materials from plants like hemp and elephant grass to replace plastic and metal-based car components. Scientists say the materials are biodegradable and can increase fuel efficiency since they weigh about 30 percent less than currently used materials.
"The lighter the car, the less fuel you need to propel it," explains Alan Crosky of the School of Material Science and Engineering in the University of New South Whales in Australia.
NOTE: Lotus already uses hemp body panels in the Lotus Elise.