Former Dell computers employee Bruce Michael Dietzen, a Florida resident, recently unveiled his Hempmobile, the hemp-made sports car. Inspired by Henry Ford’s efforts in the early 1940’s, Dietzen set out to create an environmentally friendly vehicle from America’s new sweetheart – industrial hemp.
The Hempmobile is a Green Machine
The car uses a Mazda Miata chassis and is covered with 3 layers of woven industrial hemp. Dietzen estimates that he used 100 pounds of hemp to create the vehicle. Even though his prototype is red, he is bringing a new meaning to “Green Machine.”
The woven hemp is estimated to be 10 times more dent resistant than steel and is also much lighter than fiberglass. Theoretically, this means that the car will be faster and safer than other lightweight sports cars. Another advantage to the car being lightweight is that it will require less fuel to power it on its high rides.
Sourcing industrial hemp
Florida currently does not allow private citizens to cultivate hemp in the state, so Dietzen had to import the hemp material he used from China.
“I live in Florida, Hemp is still illegal to grow so I had to import the woven material all the way from China because we still don’t have the facilities that can make hemp fabrics.”
He estimates that the car cost him around $200,000 to manufacture and that during the time it took him to create the vehicle, he gave up about the same amount of income.
Another great aspect of the plant-based automobile is that it runs off bio-fuel made from recycled agriculture waste. Preliminary trials show that the bio-fueled hemp-mobile has a much smaller carbon footprint than electric and hybrid cars.
Begin to imagine yourself smoking a joint, while driving your hemp car, powered by the compost from your last hemp or marijuana crop – oh are your clothes made of hemp too?
Hemp on TV
Dietzen is working on a docu-series entitled: “Hempsters Cannabis Car Tour” with Diana Oliver. Oliver’s first documentary was “Hempsters Plant the Seed”, which featured actor Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson.
Dietzen and Oliver are teaming up to showcase more than the new car made of hemp. The duo is hell-bent on using hemp to inspire change in the world. Pioneers like Dietzen are popping up all over the cannabis industry. Keep you eyes open for wild hemp inventions – I think there will be many more.
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