Motive Set to Unveil Kestrel – A Hemp based Bio-composite Electric Car


Aug 22, 2010 – Motive Industries has announced that they will unveil Canada’s first bio-composite bodied electric car this September at the EV 2010 VÉ Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver. Dubbed the Kestrel, the four-passenger compact forgoes some of the traditional fibers used in composites for a renewable green car (*ahem*) technology – hemp.

The bio material is derived from hemp mats produced by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) who gets their stash from Vegreville, Alberta (industrial hemp, i.e., Cannabis sativa L, is legally grown in Canada under license from Health Canada and must contain less than 0.3 per cent THC). As well as having the impact resistance of fiberglass composites, the hemp version has the added bonuses of being lighter and cheaper – two important qualities for battery-powered vehicles. Source.

Engineered for a program called Project Eve that aims to aid Canadian firms produce electric vehicles and components, the Darren McKeage-designed cannabis car will undergo prototyping and testing later this month.


One response to “Motive Set to Unveil Kestrel – A Hemp based Bio-composite Electric Car”

  1. America’s leaders need to acknowlege the value of industrial hemp, and reclassify it so it can be grown for the sake of our farmers. Classifying hemp with meth would be hilarious if it weren’t so harmful . How can we believe anything from a government which continues to make such an eggregious error? Our respect and trust for our leaders needs to be earned back, and their remembering the ‘serve’ part of public servants would be a start. Serve the public good – return to the prosperity of a country growing industrial hemp!

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