Japan proposes to produce cars from wood nanofibers

A brief description of the new material: it is five times lighter and five times stronger than steel. Making a car from this plant nanofiber (CNF) emits about 2, 000 kg of CO2 less than traditional models.

CNF has unique properties. Its basis is shredded wood, boiled in special chemicals to remove lignin and hemicellulose. It is very lightweight and incredibly strong and recyclable. As it turned out, CNF can be used in highly industrial forms of production - for example, injection molding in the form of a resin-reinforced suspension to form complex shapes.

Kyoto University has developed the Nanocellulose Vehicle - NCV based on CNF. The car weighs about 10% less than conventional models and has a much lower carbon footprint from production.

Now the developers are running tests, the results of which look promising. Auto giant Toyota has already said it is considering using CNF in its new models, provided that the technology for its production becomes sufficiently cheap.