Bio-Composite Electric Vehicle

07/09/2010 at 1:47 pm 1 comment

Motive Industries, a Calgary based vehicle development firm focused on advanced materials and technologies, has announced the development of Canada’s first bio-composite bodied electric car.

The compact car, named The Kestrel, which will hold a driver and up to three passengers, will have a top speed of 90 kilometres per hour and a range of 40 to 160 kilometres before needing to be recharged, depending on the type of battery.  It will be powered by a motor made by Boucherville, Que.-based TM4 Electrodynamic Systems.

The car’s body will be made of an impact-resistant composite material produced from mats of hemp.  The material is being supplied by Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures, a provincial Crown corporation that provides technical services and funding to help commercialize new technologies.

The Kestrel is one of five electric vehicles being developed by Project Eve, an automotive industry collaboration founded by Motive and Toronto Electric, an Ontario material handling and electric motor company, to boost the production of electric vehicles and electric vehicle components in Canada.

The Kestrel cars will be built with the help of polytechnic schools in Alberta, Quebec and Toronto, and the first 20 cars are scheduled to be delivered next year to EnMax, a Calgary-based energy distribution, supply and service company that is taking part in Project Eve.

The vehicle’s full design will be released after the September EV 2010 VÉ Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. material handling equipment  |  21/03/2011 at 3:46 pm

    it is interesting to know the body of Kestrel is made from mats of hemp. But the idea of bio electric vehicle is not popular as it is still expensive and less effective.Thanks


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