My Way Or The High-Way: Eco Cannabis Car

My Way Or The High-Way: Eco Cannabis Car


BRUCE DIETZEN: When I actually started to take a look at the numbers, at just how green
the car was, it was amazing to me. That’s when I was convinced I have to make this car
out of cannabis. BRUCE DIETZEN: You probably think that looks like a regular fiberglass car or even a steel
car just looking at it. When you go up and touch it and knock on it, you’ll go “Wow,
that’s fiberglass!” but actually it’s not fiberglass. We used about, typically about
three ply’s of woven hemp, and that made it rigid enough to keep its shape. COMM: Built by Bruce Dietzen, this stunning sports car is made from around 100lbs of hemp.
As well as being a lot lighter than fiberglass or steel, the unusual material has another
impressive quality. BRUCE DIETZEN: It’s 10 times more dent resistant than steel, I’m gonna do that right now! COMM: Although this prototype is built on a Mazda chassis, Bruce hopes that if the car
gets to production, that too will be made from hemp. He took his inspiration from Henry
Ford, the great pioneer of affordable motoring, who was said to have experimented with hemp
as both a material and a fuel in the 1940s. BRUCE DIETZEN: Not everyone is familiar with Henry Ford’s cannabis car. It was made not
only out of cannabis, but also used soy for the resin and it also used flacks and some
other things, weed straws etc. The most interesting aspect of that car is that it used both cannabis
for the strength in the body and then he also used cannabis remnants, he would make that
into a fuel. His car incredibly was about 3 times greener than today’s electric vehicles
because of how it was made and then how it was fuelled. COMM: Bruce estimates that building the car cost him around $200,000 in cash and a further
$200,000 in lost earnings. But he hopes his project will help him spread his environmental
message. BRUCE DIETZEN: It sets an example and it lets people know that we can make everything out
of plants. That’s what Henry Ford was really out to tell everyone when he created his first
cannabis car. Man: Saw you pull up, buddy, car is amazing. Bruce Dietzen: Thank you.
Man: Amazing! This is beautiful, man. BRUCE DIETZEN: We may not be able to pull up to our local gas stations right now and
say, “Fill it up with hemp gasoline” because we have to wait for these fuel companies to
catch up and start doing the right thing. It’s really a symbolic product right now
but I think as we go into the future, we’re gonna see more and more companies realising
that what we have to do is start making things from plants, if we’re going to turn things
around and start to reverse climate change. COMM: As well as wanting to get the car to manufacture, Bruce is developing a TV show
featuring the car, which will look at all the possibilities for the use of hemp in the
future. BRUCE DIETZEN: I live in Florida. Hemp is still illegal to grow in Florida. I had to
important the woven material all the way from China because we still don’t even have facilities
that can make fabrics like, like this out of hemp, it has to come out of places like
China. What a terrible waste of opportunity, what a, we could employing all these people.
We were gonna take the car around the country and investigate these things, because if cannabis
can be used, there’s many different ways. We’ve got to accelerate the process of making
it legal across the country and start using it more and more and more for both ecological
purposes and medical purposes etc.