Lotus Uses Recyclable Materials On Eco Elise

Written by tonks on July 10, 2008

Lotus Eco EliseThe Lotus Exige 265 was a green car that was built primarly for biofuels. Lotus has changed their focus a bit and has decided to show off their new Eco Elise concept – which they will be showing off at the London motor show.

The new Eco Elise uses large amounts of engineers incorporated hemp, recyclable materials, wool, and sisal. The interior of the car uses mainly woven hemp for the trim of the center console, dashboard, and the seats.

But more interesting is the fact that they use recyclable materials on the exterior of the car. Several of the body panels on the car are made from hemp based composite – which is very durable and strong.

The Eco Elise sports other trick features, including water-based paint and roof-mounted solar panels tied to the car’s charging system. All while doing this Lotus has worked hard to shed much of the weight off. The custom lightweight wheels and the composite body panels take 70 lbs from the 1895-lb curb weight of an Elise S.


Posted Under: Concept Cars,Cool Cars,Lotus

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