i3 electric car reportedly not the first BMW automobile to make use of hemp fiber, in its case it’s used in door panels to save 10% in weight. The car also uses kenaf fiber.

The BMW i3, a new all-electric car which debuted on Monday, weights just 2,700 pounds, 800 pounds less than the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt. BMW achieved this by using a variety of low-weight materials –including plenty of hemp in the interior — to maximize fuel efficiency and driving range.

 

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