Thursday October 15, 2015 0 comments
For those who would like to see America do a lot more with hemp – the non-psychoactive cousin to marijuana – there was a startling example of its potential on the streets of Denver earlier this week.
Renew Sports Cars, a Florida-based car design and manufacturing company, is touring the country promoting the idea of using hemp to build a snazzy sports machine it calls the Cannabis Car.
Bruce Dietzen, Renew’s president, said he was inspired to design the hemp-bodied car by Henry Ford, who demonstrated a prototype car body in 1941 made from agricultural plastic derived from hemp and soy.
Renew claims it is seeking to create a “100 percent carbon-neutral and non-polluting” line of sports cars. The car’s engine even runs on biodiesel or pure ethanol.
Renew said its cars have a carbon footprint 10-22 percent lower than the average new electric car.
Heck, the car could even run on hemp seed oil.
Back in 2001, a “Hempcar” toured the nation to demonstrate that the plant could provide an alternative fuel to gasoline.
And in 2013, the Kestrel – with a body made from hemp and dubbed “the world’s most eco-friendly car” – was debuted by Canadian company Motive Industries Inc.
Unlike the U.S., which is still obstructing the use of hemp because of unenlightened laws backed by various self-interested lobbies, Canada is encouraging hemp farmers and actively supporting the hemp industry.
Think about it: A vehicle made almost entirely of hemp (except the engine, wheels and transmission, of course) running on hemp fuel. That’s a huge step toward a smaller carbon footprint for this country.
And there’s more to the evolving hemp story.
Hemp supporters and researchers are working on developing hemp fibers that could be used to create a 3D-printed, hemp-bodied vehicle.
Wow -- An easy-to-grow plant that could be used to 3D-build your own car and run it on hemp fuel instead of the current dirty system of metal production, fossil fuel drilling and air pollution.
Now that would be something to reach for.