The Renew Sportscar looks like your standard, cherry-red, car, but on further investigation, the body of made entirely out of Hemp.
Following an example of a hemp car made by Henry Ford (yep – the original Henry Ford) former Dell National Sales Manager Bruce Michael Dietzen, decided to use a renewable source to create the car. Proving that you can make a beautiful automobile that isn’t made of fibreglass or steel.
The body of the car is made from “3 plies of woven hemp” weighing a total of approximately 100 pounds, Dietzen tells the New York Post, which “made it rigid enough to keep its shape.”
Dietzen says the body of the car, manufactured, in Florida using hemp fabric imported from China, cost about $200,000 to build and is “ten times more dent resistant than steel.” It runs on a bio fuel made from recycled agricultural waste.
It is illegal to grow hemp, which is a cannabis cousin, in Florida. Florida is still an illegal cannabis state so the hemp had to be imported from China.
He was inspired to found Renew by the cannabis car project Henry Ford, according to urban legend, undertook in the 1940s.
“It sets an example and it lets people know that we can make everything out of plants,” says Dietzen. “We may not be able to pull up [to] our local gas stations right now and say, fill it up with hemp gasoline, because we have to wait for these fuel companies to catch up and start doing the right thing.”
About the future of hemp cars, Dietzen says.
“It’s really a symbolic product right now, but as we go into the future we’re going to see more and more companies realizing that what we have to do it start making things from plants if we’re going to turn things around and start to reverse climate change.”
Dietzen will be taking the car around the country as part of what he’s dubbed the Hempsters Cannabis Car Sustainability Tour.
“If cannabis can be used all these different ways, we’ve got to accelerate the process of making it legal all across the country.”
My Way Or The High-Way: Eco Cannabis Car
YouTube Description: A SPORTS car made from cannabis hemp could lead the charge in making carbon neutral vehicles. Made from the chassis of a Mazda convertible, the hemp car is bringing a new meaning to the phrase ‘green machine’ and could soon be seen on high roads around the world. The man behind the car, Bruce Dietzen from Florida, hopes his environmentally friendly automobile could help debunk the taboo behind the cannabis plant and its uses. Bruce was inspired to build the sports car after hearing about renowned industrialist, Henry Ford, using the durable material in 1941 to build the world’s first hemp car.
For more information or to order your very own HEMP CAR, please go to Renew Sports Cars at http://www.renewsportscars.com/.
Thanks to Diana Oliver. For more information on Hempsters Plant The Seed, visit http://www.hempstersthemovie.com/. The film is available on Apple TV, Amazon, Netflix, ITunes, Hulu and YouTube.
Videographer / director: Quincy Perkins
Producer: Mark Hodge, Nick Johnson
Editor: Jack Stevens
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