Mercedes-Benz BIOME - is it alive?
Mercedes-Benz BIOME is a revolutionary-styled, ultra-light vehicle engineered by the premium brand's Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad, California, which amazed the crowd at this year's edition of Los Angeles Design Challenge with its exceptionally futuristic vision, advanced nature-friendliness and unparalleled lightweight construction.
As the name suggests, the concept ride is in full harmony with the nature. It is inspired by the nature, and is directly linked to the ecosystem, as it is built in a completely organic environment from seeds sown in a nursery. When driven, the car emits pure oxygen, and at the end of its lifespan it can be simply composted or used as building material.
The Mercedes-Benz BIOME study ride is made from an ultralight material called BioFibre and weights only 394 kg (875.5 lbs). This innovative Bio material is significantly lighter than metal or plastic, yet more robust than steel. For powering the BIOME, Mercedes uses BioNectar4534, a liquid chemical bond which is stored in the BioFibre material of the chassis, interior, and wheels. In addition, Mercedes-Benz has developed a technology to equip trees with special receptors which can collect the excess solar energy and turn it into BioNectar4534.