Canada’s Motive Industries grabbed some headlines last month, when it announced that the body of its soon-to-be-unveiled Kestrel EV was made from a hemp-based bio-composite material. Not only are its panels impact-resistant, but bio-composites in general are said to be lighter, less expensive and/or more ecologically-sustainable than conventional composites. At the time of the announcement, the car’s appearance was being kept under wraps. As part of this week’s Vancouver EV 2010 VÉ Conference and Trade Show, however, all was revealed.
If you thought it was high time someone produced an electric vehicle (EV) using that most versatile and environmentally friendly of fibers, hemp, then you can breathe a sigh of relief. Motive Industries Inc. has announced the development of Canada’s first electric vehicle whose body is made from an impact resistant bio-composite material that is made from hemp mats. If it remembers to turn up, the four-passenger car, called the Kestrel, will make its debut during the EV 2010 VÉ Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver in September.