In 1941 Henry Ford Invented a Cellulose-Plastic Prototype Car Fueled By Hemp and Vegetable Seed Oils

At the point when Henry Ford recently disclosed his plastic vehicle, the aftereffect of 12 years of research, he gave the world a look at the car of the future, its extreme boards formed under water driven weight of 1,500 pounds for each square inch (psi) from a formula that calls for 70% of cellulose filaments from wheat straw, hemp, and sisal in addition to 30% resin binder.

The main steel in the vehicle is its tubular welded frame. The plastic vehicle weights a ton, 1,000 pounds lighter than a practically identical steel vehicle.

Actually Henry Ford wanted to run his Model T on ethanol

Rudolf Diesel, the designer of the diesel motor, structured it to keep running on seed and vegetable oils like hemp. Ford initially expected his vehicles to keep running off of vegetable oils, saying:

“There’s enough alcohol in one year’s yield of a section of land of potatoes to drive the apparatus important to develop the fields for one hundred years.”

However, the gas industry campaigned hard to keep alcohol charges high and drop the price of gas. This even “agreed” with the preclusion of hemp and alcohol in the 1920’s.

Here is an original footage of the Ford’s hemp plastic car:


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