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Canadian Cannabis Car called Kestrel Coming soon.

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Published on Aug 25, 2010

Project Eve
http://www.projecteve.ca
Motive Industries
http://www.motiveind.com
TM4 Electrodynamic Systems
http://www.tm4.com/
Toronto Electric
http://www.torontoelectric.com
EV 2010 VÉ Conference and Trade Show Vancouver
http://www.emc-mec.ca/ev2010ve/en/hom...
CBC report
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/20...

So the idea of hemp car manufacture is not new, but it's been 69 years since Henry Ford showed us his own way of rolling hemp, so to speak, and as you heard in the last clip Motive Industries is trying to build a greener building method. Well, there are some new developments in this story. Motive Industries along with a company called Toronto Electric, founded a project known as Project Eve. Project Eve is basically a collaboration of Canadian businesses trying to bind their skills to the creation of greener cleaner highway capable electric vehicles.
One of those collaborations is called The Kestral.
Motive Industries will do the bodywork, A quebec company called TM4 Electrodynamic Systems will be providing the motor and I assume the powertrain as well. It's promised to have a top speed of 90km/h and depending on the battery system could deliver a range of 40-160km on a charge. We don't know exactly what it looks like yet but a recent announcement said it would be unveiled in Vancouver on September 13th to 16th this year at the EV 2010 VÉ Conference and Trade Show. I believe there are 5 cars from Project Eve expected to show. Here's a few of Motive Industries' sample design projects to date.
The car's body material though is of particular interest in that it's made from hemp. Hemp fibres are weaved into mats and then subjected to processes similar to carbon fibre and fibreglass. Creating carbon fibre from carbon, or fibreglass from glass is a very expensive and resource hungry process. For instance, I can get a hood for my car for about $140 US in steel, but it's more like $600 for a carbon fibre model. The real bonus with carbon fibre is it's light and strong. An electric car with carbon fibre makes so much sense because weight and distance on an electric vehicle go hand in hand. Price to performance though, no one would buy one if you used carbon fibre. However if you can bring down the cost by using hemp fibre to fall more inline with steel prices, I think this company may have a strong future.
I live in Vancouver, So if I can swing it, I'll try to get down there and film some of the trade show, but the conference is happening during my work hours so no promises on that yet.

More info here http://green.autoblog.com/2010/09/20/...

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