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Henry Ford and his Hemp Automobile

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:04 PM
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How many are aware that the original Ford automobile was NOT intended to run on gasoline?  Or that Mr. Ford built many parts with hemp?

Thoughts?

by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:04 PM
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iluv2meow
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM

If we could run stuff on hemp then we should. Less drilling and messes.

survivorinohio
by René on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:08 PM

bow down

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


    

                                             

                    


Della529
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:10 PM

 That would seem logical.  However, when oil was discovered a number of those that were called "Robber Barons" managed to manipulate the politics of the day in their favor.

Quoting iluv2meow:

If we could run stuff on hemp then we should. Less drilling and messes.

 

survivorinohio
by René on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Canadian “hemp car” to be on the market by 2013

15 03 2011

 

Soon, you’ll be able to drive hemp. Literally, thanks to the Kestrel car, named after the colorful raptor.

 

The first electric car with hemp-biocomposite body
Meet the Kerstel and its hemp composite body

Right now, Canadian company Motive Industries, Inc., is testing the materials for a biocomposite hybrid electric car made from hemp and other natural and synthetic fibers. If all goes according to plan, Motive will finish its prototype mid-2011, and make the car available to the public in late-2012 or -2013, according to Nathan Armstrong, Motive’s president.

The material used to manufacturer the body is impact-resistant composite from hemp mats; these are supplied by Alberta Innovates-Technology Future (AITF), while hemp is grown in Vegreville, Atlanta. Here’s the kicker, AITF is Crown corporation, owned by the Canadian government.

“Plus, it’s illegal to grow it in the U.S., so it actually gives Canada a bit of a market advantage,” said Armstrong to the CBC.

The four-passenger, three-door electric vehicle—created to showcase new automotive technology coming out of Canada—can reach speeds of almost 85 mph. It’s the result of Project Eve, a for-profit collaboration aimed at combining “Canadian skills for the purpose of producing and supporting Canadian electric vehicles and components,” according to Project Eve’s website.

The Kestrel’s a solid step in that direction. “It won’t have any smell. It should be quieter. It should be warmer,” Armstrong says. “The vibrations that we get from the natural fibers are actually quite pleasant.” Plus, he adds, the car’s safer in a crash because it springs back rather than crumbles into a squished-metal ball.

Because of the nascence of the technology being used, Motive doesn’t yet understand how long-term wear and tear will affect the biocomposite car. However, the idea’s to create something durable and easy to repair. If it comes to fruition, “we’re really leaning toward something that’s going to last a long, long time,” Armstrong says.

CBC is reporting that several battery options will be available making the hemp electric vehicle affordable to many people.

Where does the reference to the colorful kestrel come in? “It was initially because we were using design cues from the bird, for aerodynamics,” Armstrong says, “but later [we] found out the kestrel is quick and nimble but has a limited range—perfect for an EV [electric vehicle]!” Get ready to fly in this lightweight, better-for-the-environment, cool-looking hemp-mobile.

Source: Madbolg.audubon.com

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


    

                                             

                    


tericared
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Cool.........

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:38 PM

 Thanks for posting. I was surprised when I first learned of this but the more I read the more sure I am that this plant is here for us to utilize, in all ways.

 

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

Della529
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM

 Odd how the government made it illegal but made an exception when it needed it.

iluv2meow
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Surprisingly I too learned that HEMP goes a loooong way it can do a lot if we used it....

Quoting Friday:

 Thanks for posting. I was surprised when I first learned of this but the more I read the more sure I am that this plant is here for us to utilize, in all ways.

 


Della529
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:42 PM

 Learn more about Hemp here

Della529
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:44 PM

 You're welcome.  I'm not a very religious person, but I do completely believe that the Creator put everything we could ever need on this earth, and gave us the intelligence to "discover" them.  I believe we should use what was given instead of creating synthetics.

Quoting Friday:

 Thanks for posting. I was surprised when I first learned of this but the more I read the more sure I am that this plant is here for us to utilize, in all ways.

 

 

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