HistoryHistory Plant based car inPlant based car in19401940 Henry Ford developedHenry Ford developednatural fiber-basednatural fiber-basedmaterialmaterial Hit car with axeHit car with axe Today companiesToday companiesincluding Ford areincluding Ford areputting the concept toputting the concept touseuse Ford Focus door trimFord Focus door trimpanelpanel Under hood soundUnder hood sounddampenerdampener
Method of ProductionMethod of Production General processGeneral process Hemp fibers cleanedHemp fibers cleaned HeatedHeated Strands of hemp areStrands of hemp areglued togetherglued together Resin can be natural orResin can be natural orsyntheticsynthetic
AdvantagesAdvantages LighterLighter 30% less than current materials30% less than current materials BiodegradableBiodegradable Low energy to manufactureLow energy to manufacture Excellent energy absorptionExcellent energy absorption Replace current plastics and even steelsReplace current plastics and even steels Non-ToxicNon-Toxic
AdvantagesAdvantages "Hemp fibers have higher strength-to-"Hemp fibers have higher strength-to-weight ratios than steel and can also beweight ratios than steel and can also beconsiderably cheaper to manufacture" -considerably cheaper to manufacture" -Alan CroskyAlan Crosky Only traces of tetrahydrocannabinolOnly traces of tetrahydrocannabinol
UsesUses Car bodiesCar bodies Less weight = greater fuel economyLess weight = greater fuel economy ToysToys LuggageLuggage Building materialBuilding material
FutureFuture By 2010 the New Jersey consulting firmBy 2010 the New Jersey consulting firmKline & Company anticipates natural fibersKline & Company anticipates natural fibersto replace a fifth of the fiberglass in currentto replace a fifth of the fiberglass in currentU.S. car models.U.S. car models.