Bananas + Cars = Efficient Car Fuel?

A study currently taking place at Sao Paolo State University is attempting to use fibers off of fruits – bananas, pineapples, coconut shells, which have proved to provide sturdy plastics that may be strong enough to build car parts.

In the university’s press release, “They are light, but very strong — 30% lighter and three to four times stronger… For one thing, they will help reduce the weight of cars and that will improve fuel economy.”*

Furthermore, these materials have proven more resistance to gas, heat and water, as compared to traditional plastic car parts.

Based on the speedy research, these materials could be implemented in dashboards, bumpers and other car parts in less than two years!

Maybe the next vehicle will look like a banana or coconut?

*Source: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/28/fruit-could-make-cars-stronger-more-fuel-efficient-scientists-say/?hpt=T2

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