Nano Cellulose Vehicle Concept Is Made From Plants And Recycled Agricultural Waste

This is the Nano Cellulose Vehicle (NCV), unveiled at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show as a study into the use of cellulose nanofiber (CNF) materials for automotive use.

The vehicle comes from a consortium of 22 Japanese universities, research institutes, and corporate suppliers launched in 2016 by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment.

Cellulose Nanofiber is derived from plants and recycled agricultural waste and has been used across the body, including the doors, roof, and hood. The use of these materials means the car’s shell is up to 50 per cent lighter than one made from more traditional ones. CNF has also been used extensively in the car’s structural tub.

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Responsible for the exterior design of the vehicle is Yuzo Niimi from Toyota Customizing & Development, one of the consortium members. The car has a relatively small footprint and at the front there are intriguing headlights as well as a small, sharp front grille. The concept also features butterfly doors, multi-spoke wheels, and a rear dominated by taillights that (bizarrely) remind us of the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve, as well as a large diffuser.

Inside, the Nano Cellulose Vehicle sports panels clad in wood and a two-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters.

As the concept is a technical showcase, details about its powertrain are limited, although it is thought to feature a hydrogen fuel cell and have a top speed capped at a mere 12 mph (20 km/h).

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  • That Ross Chap

    And yet it also looks cheap and generally just terrible.

  • Six_Tymes

    Good to see someone cares. Kudos to these companies for trying.

  • salamOOn

    if you wanna be eco-friendly then dont build a supercar.

    • Leo76

      top speed if 20 km/h !

      • xrnzaaas

        Still more than Devel Sixteen.

  • disqus_6AHa0ycWUI

    How is this a “super” car?

  • Mill0048

    There are a lot of cool design touches and traditional Japanese elements. For the most part, it pulls together quite nicely. I’d like to know more about the specs and technology behind the CNF and the power-train.

  • Joe

    Although I disagree with your random use of bold text, the premise is something I do agree with. There’s been precious little coverage not just here but on all global/non-Japanese sites. Did nobody bother to send press?

    I’ve not seen the new Daihatsu Rocky (aka unnamed compact SUV, will also launch in the coming weeks as the Toyota Raize that for ridiculous reasons that remain unclear was not shown) that was shown as a semi-surprise covered anywhere at all outside of Asia, and the non-Japanese media still don’t understand the Suzuki Hustler Concept is the new 2nd gen one coming at the end of the year and not a customised current gen, etc etc. The only models I’ve seen any significant coverage of are the Honda Fit and Mazda MX-30, plus some initial weeks ago ‘ooh look how weird Japan is with these Suzuki and Daihatsu concepts’ stuff and some short, inaccurate or incomplete articles when some (not all) models/concepts were announced.

    For reference, the Daihatsu Rocky & Toyota Raize:

  • Bash

    That horrible dash looks like it’s made of plywood been put together with a hammer.

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  • MarketAndChurch

    I don’t care for the looks but I love the idea of eco-friendly alternatives to steel and aluminum. It’s also light-weight, so it may become a great alternative to when you don’t want to use carbon fiber. A carbon-fiber and cellulose nanofiber could be a [email protected]$$ combination not just on sports cars, but also on mainstream mass production vehicles.

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