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Toyota Wants to Build Car Seaweed

Toyota is looking to a future literally with of an ultralight, superefficient plug-in with a bioplastic body of seaweed that could be in within 15 years.

The kelp car build upon the already 1/X plug-in hybrid concept, weighs 926 pounds, by replacing its body with plastic from seaweed. As wild as it sound, bioplastics are becoming common and Toyota thinks only a matter of time automakers use them to build

We used lightweight carbon-fiber plastic throughout the body and for its superior collision safety, manager Tetsuya Kaida of the 1/X, which is pronounced But that material is made oil. In the future, I’m we will have access to new and materials, such as those from plants, something maybe something like In fact, I want to create a vehicle from seaweed Japan is surrounded by the sea.

A kelp car is not as far-fetched as it might Bioplastics are being used for from gift cards to cases. Demand for the stuff is to hit 50 billion pounds annually five years, a figure would account for 10 percent of the market for plastic, according to USA . A company called NatureWorks the production of its bioplastic Inego 60 percent less carbon than petroleum-based plastic and 30 percent less energy. And National Laboratory has explored the of producing carbon fiber wood pulp .

Toyota is laying out its green of the future ahead of the Melbourne Show. where it will three sweet hybrids the Prius. a cool Camry designed in Australia and the 1/X, so because its carbon footprint is a of that of other cars.

The 1/X is a vehicle that completely what it means to be environmentally David Buttner, senior director of sales and marketing, in a statement. The name says it a car that weighs a fraction of the in its class today and uses a of the fuel.

Toyota 1/X

The 1/X has been kicking around the circuit for more than a and the photo is from its North debut at the 2008 Chicago show. It features a tiny engine and weighs about as much as the Prius while about as much interior It’s got a flex-fuel engine and motor powered by lithium-ion

But don’t expect to drive a Sea-Class anytime soon.

In the seaweed car is another decade Buttner told the Sydney . However, it shows where going. Our thinking is that cars like the 1/X will be of plant-based plastic.

Photo: 1/X car at the 2008 Chicago auto courtesy Toyota

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