Eco-friendly concept car made from cellulose nanofibers introducedOctober 29, 2019
The Nano Cellulose Vehicle (NCV) is unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show as a study of the use of cellulose nanofibre (CNF) materials for the automotive industry.
The car came from a consortium of 22 Japanese universities, research institutes and corporate suppliers, created in 2016 by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.
Cellulose nanofiber is obtained from plants and processed agricultural waste and is used throughout the car body, including doors, roof and hood. The use of these materials means that the car body is 50% lighter than that made from more traditional raw materials.
Responsible for the exterior design of the car is Yuzo Niimi of Toyota Customizing & Development, one of the consortium members. The car has a relatively small size, and in front there are intriguing headlights, as well as a small sharp grille. The concept also has butterfly doors, multi-spoke wheels, a large diffuser and fanciful taillights that remind of the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve.
The interior of the Nano Cellulose Vehicle includes sports panels lined with wood and a two-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters. Since the concept is a technical demonstration, there are practically no details about its power plant, although it is believed that it is equipped with hydrogen fuel cells and its maximum speed is limited to only 20 kilometers per hour.
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