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Canadian Cannabis Car

samzenpus posted about 4 years ago | from the Cheech-and-Chong-already-did-it dept.

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sykobabul writes "The CBC is reporting: 'An electric car made of hemp is being developed by a group of Canadian companies in collaboration with an Alberta Crown corporation. The Kestrel will be prototyped and tested later in August by Calgary-based Motive Industries Inc., a vehicle development firm focused on advanced materials and technologies, the company announced.' Leave it to us Canadians to come up with all sorts of uses for cannabis."

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Only one word to describe it (4, Funny)

maroberts (15852) | about 4 years ago | (#33355040)

Smokin'!!

whole new meaning (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33357694)

..to car bonfire!

Re:whole new meaning (1)

spazdor (902907) | about 4 years ago | (#33358924)

"hot box"

Re:Only one word to describe it (1)

h00manist (800926) | about 4 years ago | (#33358104)

Smokin'!!

Read somewhere hemp is actually a pretty strong fiber for making cloth, so for a convertible or something it could actually be pretty useful, jokes and advertising gimmicks aside...

already done (3, Interesting)

i.r.id10t (595143) | about 4 years ago | (#33355064)

Didn't Cheech and Chong already do this?

Re:already done (1)

R80_JR (1094843) | about 4 years ago | (#33355234)

That's the first think I thought...... big question is, did they *patent* it....

Re:already done (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33355312)

Maybe they did, which is why nobody else tried until the patent expired!

Yup - patents - boldly slowing the pace of innovation!

Re:already done (1)

Curtman (556920) | about 4 years ago | (#33359744)

Prior art.

"Automotive pioneer Henry Ford first built a car made of hemp fibre and resin more than half a century ago."
-- TFA

Re:already done (1)

dougisfunny (1200171) | about 4 years ago | (#33356614)

Not this particular implementation.

Re:already done (1)

rednip (186217) | about 4 years ago | (#33355780)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078446/ [imdb.com] I ran across it on an HD movie channel, and though that the various live location shots of the 1970's was more interesting than the movie.

Re:already done (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33356194)

no they just stuffed the panels chock full of weed, stacy keach came along and stopped them playing a police officer.. and thus there was humour!

Re:already done (1)

tehtehteh (1857208) | about 4 years ago | (#33356358)

I was totally going to say that.

Re:already done (1)

twoallbeefpatties (615632) | about 4 years ago | (#33357494)

'ey man, if the truck is a rockin' then don't come a' knockin'.

Re:already done (1)

jtrainmf (1819364) | about 4 years ago | (#33357920)

Cop: Sir can I see your license? Cheech: Isn't it on my bumper?

Re:already done (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | about 4 years ago | (#33359318)

Didn't Cheech and Chong already do this?

No, Cheech and Chong made a van out of cannabis, this is made of hemp. They aren't the same thing (its like saying Coors Original and O'Doul's Beer are the same). The cannabis plants that Cheech and Chong used had high levels of THC (and if I remember the movie right, they could smoke the van too meaning it was made from the buds and not the stock of the plants), hemp on the other hand when grown for industrial usage are bred to have little to no THC and hemp is made from the stock that never has any THC anyways, and not the buds. Meaning you could smoke as much hemp-anything products and you won't get high. Same goes with eating hemp foods like hemp nut/seed and hemp oil, they have no THC (but are considered some of the healthiest foods you can add to your diet).

Use more hemp please (4, Interesting)

Neil Watson (60859) | about 4 years ago | (#33355096)

It always disappoints me how little hemp is used in industry. It is my understanding that hemp is easy to grow, is a more durable replacement for cotton and can be a more sustainable fibre for paper.

Re:Use more hemp please (5, Insightful)

slyrat (1143997) | about 4 years ago | (#33355500)

It always disappoints me how little hemp is used in industry. It is my understanding that hemp is easy to grow, is a more durable replacement for cotton and can be a more sustainable fibre for paper.

The same can be said of bamboo actually.

Re:Use more hemp please (1)

Amouth (879122) | about 4 years ago | (#33355722)

I wish we would use more Bamboo than we do.. while it is harder to process than Pine.. it is by far a more renewable resource. (for a given land area over a given time) with the benefit of being stronger and more durable..

I would love to get bamboo based boards and plywood

Re:Use more hemp please (2, Informative)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | about 4 years ago | (#33356174)

It's already been available as a hardwood floor material [ambientbamboo.com] for years now. I'm not sure you could make decent plywood out of it, since plywood manufacturing requires shaving the stock into sheets [youtube.com] .

Re:Use more hemp please (1)

PitaBred (632671) | about 4 years ago | (#33356624)

You could make particle board though, which tends to be preferable to plywood in most instances anyway.

Re:Use more hemp please (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33357164)

Particle board is only preferable because its cheap and has a more regular surface for painting. Plywood is a lot stronger and can be stained for a "natural" wood look so long as you cap the ends.

Re:Use more hemp please (1)

PitaBred (632671) | about 4 years ago | (#33358350)

Sure, for finish work. But OSB and particleboard are still great for most things you'd need plywood for, and more than strong enough, as well as being able to be made of something like bamboo.

Re:Use more hemp please (1)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | about 4 years ago | (#33359708)

Yes, it would be a good candidate for particle board. The two are not necessarily interchangeable, however. Plywood is generally better for environments where moisture will be an issue (sheathing for houses, for example), although that depends on a number of factors, such as the glue in the plywood or resin in the particle board.

Invasive Species (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33358138)

Most types of bamboo are very invasive. You need to grow them in containers, or in beds lined with metal, to keep the extensive root systems from escaping. Once those roots escape confinement, bamboo can take over your property (most varieties).

Would be a safety hazard (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33356096)

Not because it's any less safe, but because people would gather round during a car fire!

Re:Use more hemp please (1)

captainpanic (1173915) | about 4 years ago | (#33356332)

It's simply because everybody associates it with smoking that it's so unknown that you can use it for something useful as well...
Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. It's got seeds for biodiesel, but the rest of the plant is full of useful fibres or biofuels/chemicals as well... The bio-based industry would love to use this plant...

But all people can say whenever something based on hemp is brought to their attention is: "huhuuuhuhuh... stoners!"... which is a reaction I'd only expect from someone who is actually high at the moment of writing it up. .... oh... wait... aaaah... I see now.

*points to everyone else on /. - stoners!*

Re:Use more hemp please (1)

TheCarp (96830) | about 4 years ago | (#33357078)

I heard it said once that when you point a finger at someone else, you point 3 back at yourself.

-Steve

Re:Use more hemp please (1)

Khyber (864651) | about 4 years ago | (#33358058)

At least, that's what it looks like if you're really stoned.

Re:Use more hemp please (2, Interesting)

captain_dope_pants (842414) | about 4 years ago | (#33357098)

IIRC it used to be illegal in the UK not to grow hemp. This was back in the days of sailing ships etc. Farmers had to set aside a certain area for hemp cultivation.

Re:Use more hemp please (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33357958)

I wonder what will be the productivity of an industry where everyone is stoned.

Hemp eh? (2, Insightful)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | about 4 years ago | (#33355098)

One of the most useful crops imaginable, read the wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp [wikipedia.org] Trouble is a variety can be smoked, so it's all but banned. Shame really.
We need to grow more.

Re:Hemp eh? (4, Insightful)

Nadaka (224565) | about 4 years ago | (#33355494)

Shame really, a variety has useful fibers that are cheaper and just as durable as the newly invented nylon by Dupont. One year later, all hemp is banned. Don't kid yourself, hemp is illegal for monetary reasons, its use as a recreational drug was leveraged to make banning it all the more palpable to the American people.

Re:Hemp eh? (-1, Troll)

c6gunner (950153) | about 4 years ago | (#33357636)

Yes, the entire planet is part of an evil plot to replace hemp with nylon. Countries which can't even agree on the color of the sky have all magically agreed to artificially make hemp obsolete.

No, seriously .... are you retarded?

Re:Hemp eh? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33358056)

No, seriously .... are you retarded?

He's not, but you might be. At the very least you are pretty ignorant of history.

It's not just nylon, but cotton and other fabrics - and the "war on drugs" started with *ONE* country, which then leveraged its economic muscle to get it banned in all the other countries too.

Maybe instead of ridiculing people who make salient points, you might want to read up on the topic first, to avoid looking like a complete fucking moron.

Re:Hemp eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33358084)

he smoked too much hemp based cigarettes. it's another pothead conspiracy theory

Re:Hemp eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33358188)

No seriously are you retarded? Go learn history asshat

Re:Hemp eh? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33358452)

Nothing magical about it - they are all under the influence of multinational conglomerates which have colluded to make money off things other than hemp. Most of the world is what we glibly refer to as "banana republic".

That being said, growing industrial hemp was just re-legalized in Oregon this last year - at least some states are coming to their senses:
http://oregon.gov/ODA/ind_hemp.shtml

Re:Hemp eh? (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | about 4 years ago | (#33359490)

Yes, the entire planet is part of an evil plot to replace hemp with nylon. Countries which can't even agree on the color of the sky have all magically agreed to artificially make hemp obsolete.

No, seriously .... are you retarded?

Seriously... [wikipedia.org] are [discussanything.com] you [lightparty.com] retarted? [hempnews.tv]

Re:Hemp eh? (0)

c6gunner (950153) | about 4 years ago | (#33360152)

Judging by the fact that you're posting unrelated articles, I'm going to assume that the answer - in your case - is "yes". I'm still waiting for the original guy to respond, though.

Re:Hemp eh? (2, Insightful)

TheCarp (96830) | about 4 years ago | (#33357148)

Actually, the smokable variety came first. Its been refined through breeding over the years... but...

it was in fact a French company that engineered (I don't know if it was through genetic engineering or breeding, or a bit of both) the "low THC" variety, and then pushed for international laws defining "hemp".

The real problem is NOT that most varieties can be smoked, its that some people can't mind their own business as to what other people do, and insist on asking the government to put a stop to the behavior that they don't like.

-Steve

wooooo (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33355102)

I wonder if it can do a burn-out.

Re:wooooo (-1, Troll)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | about 4 years ago | (#33355852)

It comes as standard equipment.

Honestly, given modern materials like carbon fibre which is lightweight and stronger than steel, you would have to be smoking dope or trying hard to justify growing it to come up with such a stupid idea. I think the East Germans came up with an old fashion linoleum-like (crappy fibre impregnated with resin) car called the Trabant. Given the safety advantages of modern materials you would have to be smoking dope to get in something like this.

Honestly, the dope smoking losers in Canada keep trying to find ways to justify growing more of the stuff to try somehow to justify growing more of the variety for smoking (hey man it's natural, lighten up dude it has to be good). The plants don't look much different to the untrained or from the air. Yeah I'm a reformed dope smoker who now knows based on the difference between then (18+ years ago) and now that the stuff is not as benign as those who are always stoned seem to think. Go smoke a joint and do something. Yeah right... pass the cheetos.

Here in Canada... (1)

charles xavier (1861908) | about 4 years ago | (#33355266)

I remember about ten years back, hemp was the "new big thing" in the local farming industry. There were a bunch of farmers around here growing it. Then they had to deal with dumb kids trying to sneak into their fields and smoke it. Then they discovered that it was especially hard on their harvesting machines. Then they discovered that there wasn't much of a market for it, I suppose, because after that one year, I never saw another hemp field again.

Re:Here in Canada... (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | about 4 years ago | (#33355882)

If all those kids are getting caught in the harvesting machines, I could imagine them having problems.

Inbuilt safety (1)

dimethylxanthine (946092) | about 4 years ago | (#33355308)

- "Dude, we hit something..."
- "Forgot to open the garage door dude..."

a little late: henry ford did that (4, Informative)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 4 years ago | (#33355330)

here's a youtube clip of the original hemp car, in 1941

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rgDyEO_8cI [youtube.com]

among other hemp facts:

ford and diesel intended their cars to run on hemp oil

jefferson drafted the declaration of independence on hemp paper

much of the founding fathers grew hemp or processed it

read more:

http://naihc.org/hemp_information/hemp_facts.html [naihc.org]

Re:a little late: henry ford did that (1)

danbert8 (1024253) | about 4 years ago | (#33356648)

No, Diesel intended his engine to be run on Peanut oil.

What happens? (1)

Panspechi (948400) | about 4 years ago | (#33355350)

If you get into an accident and the car stars to burn a little? Do you have Emergency Cheetos in the glove compartment?

Re:What happens? (1)

c6gunner (950153) | about 4 years ago | (#33357690)

The roadside assistance kit contains Twinkies, a large bottle of Mountain Dew, and some aluminum foil.

Why I'm not surprised (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | about 4 years ago | (#33355386)

Western Canada (mostly BC and Alberta) has a lot of MJ around. I don't really know why, I have no idea if it's ALL grown here, or imported, or what not, but there seems to be more pot than any other drug. I've been approached downtown for the option to buy, sell, or asked directions to somebody who does buy or sell, for a couple of different drugs but mostly weed. The house behind my parent's place while I was growing up had 2 police raids that caught 2 marijuana grow ops, and 1 meth lab. [tinfoilhat] I think that when some criminals get evicted like that, the price of the house gets put up below market value, and the drug lords are the first to know so they just buy it up again and plant some more pawns in there [/tinfoilhat].

But yeah, we've got a few of these subcommunities just outside Calgary, like Chestemere and Airdrie, that don't REALLY have heavy policing, so thats usually where the grass is growing. Whenever the police raid a Chestemere house, it's usually a really big score. I think the RCMP had a shoot out in Chestemere a couple years ago where the druggies pulled out some semi automatics.

We've got a street near downtown known as "17th Ave" - and its chalked full of shops and restaurants for about 2 dozen blocks. I know there is a hemp store along there and I've only ventured in once (with a group of friends) - and it really reminded me of the Volkwagen van from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars. You know where every morning he puts on the Jimmy Hendrix American Anthem and the jeep goes "Will you turn off that disrespectful racket?!" and he goes "Respect the classics, maaaaaan". Yes, the people in the hemp shop are definately saying "Man" A LOT. And they've expanded, I think they have 3 or 4 shops now across town.

Anyways, so I haven't been out east as much as I'd like, but I hear Toronto is really the center of Canada for Crack. It's kind of funny when you can identify your regions of Canada based on what drugs are popular.

Re:Why I'm not surprised (1)

jez9999 (618189) | about 4 years ago | (#33355662)

Remind me again; with cannabis so popular recreationally in BC and harmless, why is it illegal?

Re:Why I'm not surprised (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | about 4 years ago | (#33355776)

It's a conspiracy, Maaaaaan!

Re:Why I'm not surprised (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | about 4 years ago | (#33355794)

Because playing to the hard-right conservative crowd with a "tough on crime" agenda makes for good politics.

Re:Why I'm not surprised (1)

zach_d (782013) | about 4 years ago | (#33356708)

In a lot of BC it effectively isn't.

Walking around vancouver it's common to see people openly smoking joints, and I've even seen guys offer them to a police officer (somewhat cheekily, but still). The reason it's not legal in the whole country is that we fear the border would be frozen if we did legalize it. I'm quite curious to see what happens in the United States if prop. 19 passes. It could have quite an effect on our own laws, and political scene.

Re:Why I'm not surprised (1)

PitaBred (632671) | about 4 years ago | (#33356720)

Blame America's Puritanical roots and Canada's need/desire to follow our lead

Re:Why I'm not surprised (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33356544)

Living in the Detroit area we get a couple Canadian TV stations here. Years ago (like late 80's early 90's) I watched a "Fifth Estate" that chronicled the indoor grow industry in B.C.. At that time B.C. was the capitol of indoor growing with the most grow rooms found in the world at that time. Through the 90's it escalated larger and larger to the point that the B.C. police gave up efforts to stop indoor growing because they were using all their funding on it and not pursuing other crimes, such as murder, rape, theft, etc. That is why B.C. and areas surrounding have such a large presence of marijuana around.

Re:Why I'm not surprised (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | about 4 years ago | (#33358502)

Western Canada (mostly BC and Alberta) has a lot of MJ around. I don't really know why, I have no idea if it's ALL grown here, or imported, or what not, but there seems to be more pot than any other drug.

It's all locally grown, and mostly in BC - the latter produces over 40% of all Canadian cannabis (and most of it is actually exported to US).

The reason why it's grown in BC is because the local conditions are very conductive to it. The climate is good - there's plenty of sun. Forested hilly and mountainous terrain makes concealing fields easy. Finally, you need a lot of electricity, and not only it's here in abundance - so it's cheap even if you pay for it - but the location of hydro power plants relative to populated areas makes it relatively easy to steal it directly from the wires where they pass in remote areas.

Reeferance, please (4, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | about 4 years ago | (#33355460)

Hey, guys, c'mon over here and have a look at my spliffy new car. It's a 2011 Tokeswagen.

Hemp !== Cannabis. (2, Insightful)

gus goose (306978) | about 4 years ago | (#33355468)

FFS, people, when will it be understood that Hemp is much more than just Cannabis? Honestly, folk... 'concluding' that the car is made of Cannabis when it's described as a 'hemp' car is like concluding a person is a heroine user when they say they took some drugs... (even if it was a headache pill).

gus

Re:Hemp !== Cannabis. (1)

canajin56 (660655) | about 4 years ago | (#33355586)

It's more like concluding somebody is a heroin user because they ate a poppy seed muffin. Heroin and other opiates are made from a kind of poppy, after all.

Cannabis is the genus (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33355678)

learn to taxonomy

Hemp IS Cannabis... (4, Informative)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | about 4 years ago | (#33355862)

FFS, people, when will it be understood that Hemp is much more than just Cannabis?

Industrial hemp is just a cultivar of C. Sativa that is bred for fiber and oil production.

There are 3 separate species of Cannabis, and many different cultivars and hybrid varieties.

ALL hemp is Cannabis. But not all Cannabis is hemp. The varieties grown for drug use are generally pretty poor fiber producers.

Re:Hemp IS Cannabis... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33357712)

Let's make a trade. The kind I want has poor fiber production and the kind you want has strong fibers.

Hah! (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | about 4 years ago | (#33357908)

The varieties grown for drug use are generally pretty poor fiber producers

I wish!
/returns to winnowing out stems

Re:Hemp IS Cannabis... (1)

Khyber (864651) | about 4 years ago | (#33358120)

"The varieties grown for drug use are generally pretty poor fiber producers."

Tell that to my busted bone shears.

Re:Hemp == Cannabis, actually. (1)

Idarubicin (579475) | about 4 years ago | (#33356626)

FFS, people, when will it be understood that Hemp is much more than just Cannabis? Honestly, folk... 'concluding' that the car is made of Cannabis when it's described as a 'hemp' car is like concluding a person is a heroine user when they say they took some drugs... (even if it was a headache pill).

Except that hemp [wikipedia.org] is Cannabis [wikipedia.org] . Industrial hemp is generally manufactured from Cannabis sativa sativa, while medicinal and recreational products are generally derived from Cannabis sativa indica.

Honestly, folks, concluding that a car is made from 'Cannabis' when it's described as 'hemp', is like concluding that a suit is made from 'polymers' when it's described as being 'polyester'... Oh.

Re:Hemp !== Cannabis. (1)

Khyber (864651) | about 4 years ago | (#33358106)

Taxonomical failure.

Hemp is from the Cannabis genus.

Up in Smoke (1)

fermion (181285) | about 4 years ago | (#33355610)

Just watched it this past weekend when I saw it on netflix. Those guys were crazy.

Ob on topic

Hemp is one of the best examples when we let fear rule out lives. The lost innovation and efficiency, IMHO, is staggering. I don't know what was going on in the 30's that made hemp so evil. I don't suppose it could be any worse than the Meth problems we have now. The funny thing is that hemp cannot be grown, while the constituents of meth are still be sold over the counter. I suspect it just that some people are so afraid of nature all they can do is destroy it.

Re:Up in Smoke (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | about 4 years ago | (#33355644)

If what I heard was accurate, what came along was nylon. Hemp competed with it in a variety of ways, so it was smeared with great success by the chemical industries and (yes, even then) their toadies in government.

Re:Up in Smoke (1)

Is0m0rph (819726) | about 4 years ago | (#33355758)

What happened is black Jazz musicians took a liking to it and our government demonized it with a lot of propaganda to make it illegal.

Re:Up in Smoke (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | about 4 years ago | (#33356460)

"Up In Smoke" is entirely on-topic: one of the scenarios (scenaria?) involves smuggling hash across the border by converting it into the body of a panel-van. No prizes for guessing what happens to it...

On a more serious note, cultivation of the weed under agrodomes used to keep an old codger I knew in the Cotswolds in relative comfort in his retirement back in the '80s. (Thatcher's Britain was sometimes a miserable place to be.) But if I had kept smoking the stuff like I did then, I would be hard pressed to muster a quorum of neurons now. Several of my acquaintances from back then might as well be suffering from dementia, such is the effect of dope on memory.

Re:Up in Smoke (1)

PinkyGigglebrain (730753) | about 4 years ago | (#33357622)

You should read "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" by Jack Herer. Available to read online here [onlinepot.org] or get a hardcopy [amazon.com] .

Biased, yeah, more than a bit.

Interesting, full of real information and worth reading, definitely.

Totally changed my view point on Cannabis Sativa.

On a more serious note... (1)

TheRedDuke (1734262) | about 4 years ago | (#33355642)

The article doesn't really talk about production of the material - environmental impact aside, is it cheaper to produce than steel or aluminum? And how does it hold up in crash tests, or have any even been done? I'm all for being green, but I'd rather not end up as fertilizer.

Re:On a more serious note... (1)

deathlyslow (514135) | about 4 years ago | (#33355798)

From TFS

The Kestrel will be prototyped and tested later in August by Calgary-based Motive Industries Inc., a vehicle development firm focused on advanced materials and technologies, the company announced.'

Canada rules! (1)

chanio (321367) | about 4 years ago | (#33355806)

I guess that instead of plastic, they use hemp

reminds me of a famous quote... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33355858)

Punch it Scoob! -- Shaggy.

55 MPH?!?!?! (2, Funny)

oic0 (1864384) | about 4 years ago | (#33356100)

Anyone else find it ironic that a car made of weed tops out at 55mph? I dunno about where yall live, but here the slow driving stoners piss me off. 55mph sound like it would suit them fine. Drunks go to fast and kill folks quickly Stoners go to slow and raise our blood pressure, killing us slowly.

Canada? (1)

Beorytis (1014777) | about 4 years ago | (#33356266)

Don't you mean Cannaba [nocookie.net] ?

not a new idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33356334)

Henry Ford wanted to do this literally a century ago. You can thank the textile industry.

ur doin it wrong (1)

AnAdventurer (1548515) | about 4 years ago | (#33356444)

See this is what happens if you smoke pot, you come up with dumb ideas like this. See, you are supposed to make a car that RUNS ON HEMP, not made of it. Frickin pot heads.

Re:ur doin it wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33356858)

can't it be both?

Re:ur doin it wrong (2, Informative)

Khyber (864651) | about 4 years ago | (#33358178)

See, folks, this is what happens when you DON'T smoke pot, you say wholly uneducated nonsense such as this.

We can make parts of the car out of hemp - plastic body panels can be made from the seeds and plant fibers by converting it into bioplastics.

Re:ur doin it wrong (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 4 years ago | (#33358394)

Economically feasible hemp production is done on soil, but topsoil-based fuel production is fundamentally wrongheaded. There are plenty of alternatives; for example, this one is an EV. If you want solar fuel, algae is the answer, as proven by the USDOE at Sandia NREL. Indeed, it is an ideal match for our current energy production schemes both because biodiesel can be transported and delivered with existing infrastructure, but because it can be part of a successful carbon capture strategy when implemented at a coal or oil power plant.

I can see it now - teenage gearheads... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33356472)

...smoke the tires comin' off the line... and the next thing ya know, they're doin' 15mph and bein' passed by a school bus.

Imagine the looks... (1)

Smooth and Shiny (1097089) | about 4 years ago | (#33356670)

Imagine the looks on the faces of all those people who lock themselves into a car with a hose coming from the tail pipe when they suddenly feel like everything is fine!

40 km range? (1)

iamhassi (659463) | about 4 years ago | (#33357114)

FTFA:
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/08/23/cannabis-hemp-electric-car-kestrel-motive.html [www.cbc.ca]
"a range of 40 to 160 kilometres before needing to be recharged, depending on the type of battery....with a capacity ranging from 4.5 to 17.3 kilowatt hours of energy."

40 km range? 24 miles? [google.com] That's a golf cart, not a car, will they at least give me a spot to throw a dozen D cells in so I can get home?

Even 160km is only 100 miles [google.com] , so it's equivalent to the Nissan Leaf [wikipedia.org] but without the big Nissan name behind it.

These cars better at least be cheap.

Re:40 km range? (1)

MachDelta (704883) | about 4 years ago | (#33357978)

40km is a little low, but even if the thing averages 100km (60mi) it would be more than sufficient for most urban daily commutes.
Personally i'm more worried about the top speed. 90kph isn't fast enough for the highways or freeways in Alberta. Taking that thing on Highway 2, the Deerfoot (Calgary freeway), or the Henday (Edmonton freeway) would just be dangerous. I think a car like this would need to do at least 110kph before many people (including myself) would seriously consider it.

Re:40 km range? (1)

hitmark (640295) | about 4 years ago | (#33358346)

not everyone live in sprawling suburbia...

Trabant (1)

future assassin (639396) | about 4 years ago | (#33358028)

Composite material bodies have been done before

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trabant#Overview [wikipedia.org]

The Trabant was a steel monocoque design with roof, bootlid/trunklid, bonnet/hood, bumpers/fenders and doors in Duroplast, a form of plastic containing resin strengthened by wool or cotton.

Kestrel? (1)

that IT girl (864406) | about 4 years ago | (#33359088)

You know you're a nerd when you read about a car made of hemp, but all you can think of when you see the name is that second character in Splinter Cell: Conviction.

FiberWeed? (1)

Ricdude (4163) | about 4 years ago | (#33359160)

I saw a documentary about this decades ago. Or maybe it was a Cheech and Chong movie, it's hard to tell...

Time to immigrate? (1)

osu-neko (2604) | about 4 years ago | (#33359406)

How easy is it for an immigrant to earn Canadian citizenship? :)

Kestrel (1)

DarthVain (724186) | about 4 years ago | (#33359914)

Sort of unrelated, but I thought at least they picked a pretty cool name for the can anyway...

Stop this! (1)

santax (1541065) | about 4 years ago | (#33359980)

It's such a waste of perfectly good cannabis :(
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