Half a century ago Henry Ford built a car out of hemp and resin but the idea didn't catch on. Now Canadian company, Motive Industries, is building the Kestrel, a prototype electric car made from cannabis fiber.
The compact car, which will hold a driver and up to three passengers, will have a top speed of 90 kilometres per hour and a range of 40 to 160 kilometres before needing to be recharged, depending on the type of battery.It will be powered by a motor made by Boucherville, Que.-based TM4 Electrodynamic Systems. The car's body will be made of an impact-resistant composite material produced from mats of hemp, a plant from the cannabis family. The material is being supplied by Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures, a provincial Crown corporation that provides technical services and funding to help commercialize new technologies. The hemp is being grown in Vegreville, Alta.