The Mercedes BIOME is the first concept car to move
away from the heavy metal production line and move
into the lab i.e. this car is grown in a laboratory.
BIOME concept car, was unveiled at the Los Angeles
Auto Show in November 2010.
Mercedes-Benz has re-envisioned the one ton steel
standard, designing a car made out of a steel-
alternative called Bio Fibre.
Bio Fibre is lighter than metal and plastic yet stronger
According to Mercedes, Bio Fibre is grown from
proprietary DNA that in the company‟s nursery, where it
gathers the sun‟s energy and stores it in a liquid chemical
bond called „BioNectar4535‟.
The BioNectar4535 powers the Biome which is housed in
the vehicles chassis, interior, and wheels.
Apart from the BioNectar4535, Mercedes engineers have
also worked on the idea of installing receptors that, if used
properly, could transform its own amount of energy taken
directly from the sun into the car.
At the end of its life, the car is fully capable of composting
and thus, can be used as its own building material.
Exterior and Interior
It only weighs 876 pounds (397 kilograms).
The whole structure is completely out of the Jetsons
with a nose that looks like a plane and wheels
resembling those of its turbines.
As for the interior, the 2+2 seating arrangement
comes in the shape of a diamond with the driver
seating in the middle up front with two passengers
just behind him on either side and another one at
The Mercedes-Benz BIOME is a natural technology
hybrid, and forms part of our earth‟s ecosystem.
“It grows and thrives like the leaves on a tree”
according to Hubert Lee, Head of the Mercedes-Benz
Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad.
As part of process, the vehicle is created from two
seeds: The interior of the BIOME grows from the DNA in
the Mercedes star on the front of the vehicle, while
the exterior grows from the star on the rear.
They designed a vehicle which is fully integrated
into the ecosystem, from the moment of its
creation right through to the end of its service
The Mercedes-Benz BIOME grows in a
completely organic environment from seeds
sown in a nursery.
Out on the road the car emits pure oxygen, and
at the end of its lifespan it can be simply
composted or used as building material.
The vehicle "grows" when the genetic code is combined
with the seed capsule.
The wheels are grown from four separate seeds.
The car is a direct link with nature‟s energy sources and
acts as an incentive to cover mobility energy
requirements through more trees and at the same time
maintain natural resources.
This initiative is suppose to be incentive to plant more
trees and collect more energy to create a self sustaining
example of symbiosis.
Apply those concepts to a car and the BIOME
would not hurt the environment or be wasteful in
any way, kind of like a "partnership with nature."
But with the strong movement towards greener
technology, perhaps the BIOME does stand a
chance in the competitive automotive industry.
The smart forvision is also a one-off vehicle concept
which combines a futuristic design with technologies
relating to energy efficiency, lightweight design and
One particular eye-catching feature is its roof made of
transparent organic solar cells. It allows light to pass
through and at the same time generates energy which
is used to power the multimedia components as well
as the fans which assist with climate management in
the vehicle interior.
The smart ebike boasts an unconventional design
and functions appropriate for city use.
These come courtesy of high-quality components
such as the hydraulic disc brakes, LED light with
daytime driving light function and also an
exceptionally high-performance drive system with a
completely maintenance and oil-free carbon
For infotainment there is also a USB connection.
The smart ebike is already available, with prices in
Germany starting at 2849 euros (Rs 2,31,434.94).