The Car is Stronger Than Steel and it’s Made From…Hemp!
With climate change affecting the world, there are several innovative ideas on handling contaminating emanations from a vehicle. These ideas range from hydrogen-powered modules to the electric car.
Perhaps one solution to creating more bio-fuel vehicles and reducing carbon emissions lies in Henry Ford’s innovative hemp-powered car.
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What you should know about the vehicle
In the 1940s, the founder of Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, led research that had him considering making cars from hemp, which was an industry that had just been introduced in the US at the time. Metal resources were required for military supplies, so there was little leftover for vehicle construction. Following 12 years of development and research, Henry and his team created a primary auto vehicle entirely out of hemp.
Henry Ford and his team converted the cannabis plant material used, into solid bioplastics that are believed to have been 10x stronger than steel. The hemp material and horticulture waste in the car could also produce the ethanol needed to run the vehicle.
Today, former Dell leader, Bruce Dietzen, has been hard at work on his vehicle, the 2017 Renew. The objective set was to use only eco-friendly materials, and with this in mind, he built a vehicle body made up of 100 pounds of Cannabis plant material. The vehicle is also all canvassed into a very hard sap, a fitting tribute to Henry Ford’s prototype.
A hemp vehicle can cost somewhere in the range of $40,000 to $197,000 (USD), and Dietzen invested $200,000 (USD) for his hemp vehicle model.
“Numerous states are beginning to make cannabis and cannabis plant material legitimate. It is truly a great sign that we are returning to where we once were, by making items out of modern hemp just as Henry Ford proposed” he said.
Hemp as a Biofuel
If the world started using eco-friendly cars, there would be fewer carbon emissions in the environment. One vehicle can radiate about 10 tons of CO2 while powering a biofuel vehicle is 3x greener than present electric cars.
This is because hemp can create methanol and is superior to corn as it can grow much quicker, thus delivering undeniably more fuel. Corn can only yield an average of 1,550 litres of methanol, while hemp can yield up to 10,000 litres.
Hemp fuel is also biodegradable and can be used, without producing sulfur dioxide emissions that can harm the climate. Dietzen honours Henry Ford for delivering the first-ever Cannabis fueled car in 1941 and by researching Ford’s discoveries, Dietzen has modernised and updated them for the current vehicle business market.
The Cannabis plant is a great green alternative to fuel, that can help reduce our carbon footprint on the planet. Hemp fuel is also biodegradable and can be utilised without making sulfur dioxide, making it a very strong contender in the biofuels market. It is the green fuel of the past, present, and future.