Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Caution: I brake for Panda Bears

If you were driving this car, you had better keep away from the Pandas. (Go ahead -- look it up. A Panda Bear's diet is almost entirely bamboo shoots.)

This single-seat electric-powered concept car that went on show in Japan is unlikely to win prizes for its looks, but it is literally greener than its rivals; the ‘BamGoo’ has bodywork made entirely from bamboo that can be thrown on the compost heap when it comes to the end of its life. (Or -- feed it to a Panda Bear.)

The 60-kg eco-friendly car has been built at Kyoto University, using a local bamboo weaving technique. The car can run for some 50 kilometres (30 miles) on a single charge.

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