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Lotus Eco Elise first pictures
First official green pictures
09 July 2008 19:42
No you haven’t been smoking something - this really is a Lotus made from hemp. Called the Eco Elise, Lotus will unveil thus eco-friendly concept car at the London motor show later this month. The car is supposed to take Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s ethos of ‘performance through lightweight’ to the next level, using sustainable materials to create an Elise that has better environmental credentials throughout its entire lifecycle.
So what’s ‘green’ about this Lotus Eco Elise?
That brown trim for a start. Lotus has used hemp, ‘eco wool’ and sisal – all sustainable materials – for the interior trim and roof. The hemp (grown near to Lotus's Hethel plant) is mixed with a resin to form the seats and hardtop, and Lotus is hoping to develop a recyclable resin in the near future. The roof also features solar panels to charge the car’s electrical systems.
Hard-wearing sisal is used for the carpets while the seat covers are made from biodegradable wool. No dyes are used on the wool either, the colours coming from different breeds of sheep.
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