Hemp and Automobiles

Henry Ford’s first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself was constructed from HEMP!  The car, “Grown from the soil” had plastic panels made from a mixture of 70% cellulose fibers from hemp whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel at two-thirds the weight.  However, prohibition quickly prevented Ford from powering his fleet with “plant power.” Although ethanol and biodiesel “flex fuel” systems are considered cutting edge, biofuel development is not a new science.  In the 1930’s, Ford was hard at wok in the alternative fuels sector and in 1941, he constructed a hemp fueled and hemp-bodied prototype car.

Hemp fiber has the ability to replace glass fiber, which is used in making composite materials, like plastics for the automotive industry.

LOTUS ECO ELISE
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