The Most Eco-Friendly Car: Composed Entirely Of Hemp

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Could anyone ever imagine that one plant could be the answer to all of the world’s problems? Well, it turns out it can. With over 50,000 uses, Hemp is making many people question why it is deemed illegal. Having its impact on everything from fabrics and clothes to fuel and medicines, Hemp composes a great threat to the corporations that control health, energy and several other industries. If Hemp was legalized there are several corporations that would see a decline in business. Lets take the time to discuss an industry that would face one of the hardest impacts–automotives.

Kestrel, designed by Calgary-based Motive Industries in Canada, is considered to be one of the world’s most eco-friendly vehicles. The Canadian government, much unlike the U.S., is in favor of supporting the hemp industry and all of the benefits that it has to offer the environment.

Kestrel reaches the speed of 90km per hour and has a range of 100 miles before it has to be recharged. The vehicle is powered by a motor which was produced by a Quebec based business, TM4 Electrodynamic Systems.

It weighs around 2500 pounds, and is extremely inexpensive considering the fact the hemp plant is not difficult to grow and only needs the sun in order to thrive. It seat four passengers and should be available for purchase within the year.The vehicle was unveiled a few years ago but there has been little to no buzz since then. If you are interested in owning a Kestrel, you showed contact the developers for additional information.

Composed solely of hemp, this car is impact resistant. When one thinks of cars, usually pollution, gasoline and steel are some of the first things that come to mind. Though there are countless visually appealing and extremely innovative cars on today’s market, its hard to ignore the negative impact they have on out environment.

Although a hemp car is starting to gain more attention, the Kestrel is not the first car created from this plant. Henry Ford spent over a decade creating the Model T car which was made from it entirely. This 1940s built car was ten time more strong than steel and was created to run on hemp bio fuel. Are you curious to know what became of this car? Read more here. Its amazing to think about how one of the founder of Ford Motors, a major manufacturer, could offer such a beneficial innovation but the idea not catch. Sadly, Ford’s idea was suppressed. Why? Hemp easily complies with all of today’s eco-standards, however, due to the threat posed to other powerful industries, the U.S. outlawed it in 1937.

The composite body of the Kestrel passed its crash test with flying colors. Upon impact, all of its panel bounce back into shape, much unlike its steel counterpart. Because hemp has the exact same mechanical properties as glass, its extremely light and fuel efficient.

The earliest known record of Hemp farming travels all the way back to 500 years in China. For centuries upon centuries, 90 percent of all rope and ship sails were made of hemp. This plant is everlasting resource and offers an endless supply, and it is for this reason it poses a threat to our present economic and financial systems. This is the sole reason for which hemp is not mass marketed or distributed. It is time that we put in place new technologies and methods that are good for our 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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