The use of hemp for car parts in the USA is not well established at this
In Kentucky, one of the many companies that have written to the agriculture minister in support of the ongoing battle to legalise industrial hemp is a manufacturer of car parts, who would use hemp fibre composite to make car dashboards.
In Canada and Europe the use of hemp to make car parts is reasonably established. Canada is also encouraging its own fledgling industry. In November last year, the Canadian government pledged $95,000 towards various hemp businesses, including a Calgary startup using hemp fibre composite plastic in electric car parts.
Hemp Cars Europe
In 2012, researcher James Meredith of Warwick University, UK published a paper demonstrating that hemp composites wer a viable substitute for fibre glass used in car panelling. Out of the three natural composites tested (unwoven hemp, woven flax and woven jute) hemp demonstrated the greatest specific energy absorption (SEA), meaning that it can withstand huge pressure relative to its very light mass.
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The European car industry would have no doubt smiled knowingly rather than gasped in astonishment given the long-established use of hemp plastics in car parts there. The Lotus Eco Elise was the first road-ready car made primarily from hemp materials, not just in the panelling but also in the interior textiles
Article by Seshata
Seshata is a freelance cannabis writer currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands