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New BMW Electric Car Contains Hemp Parts

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bmw hemp car partsCourtesy of The Joint Blog

The newly-announced BMW i3 - an electric compact car – will contain hemp parts, furthering bringing the industrial crop into the mainstream.

The new car – which made its world debut today, and will go on sell in November – will include a range of new features meant to revolutionize electric cars. Among the features that are new compared to most other electric vehicles, is the use of hemp fibers to line the inside of the door.

According to Benoit Jacob, the main designer of the i3 line (which will include a couple varying models), the use of hemp helps to make the vehicle feel like “a small loft on wheels”. He states that the change in styles compared to their other models was intended to encourage a more “economical driving style”.

According to congressional research released last month, the market for hemp consists of over 25,000 various products, from food items to textiles. Despite this hugely diverse market, and despite the fact that America imports nearly half a billion dollars in hemp annually, the U.S. retains the illegality of hemp cultivation.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

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  1. I can only wonder as to how the police drug sniffing dogs (K9’s) will handle this. You get pulled over for the normal traffic infraction, the LEO decides to search the vehicle, he thinks your suspicious, calls for a K9. Then watch the dog go bonkers when it approaches your $60,000 new car. The car gets impounded, torn apart and nothing is found. Now if it was those rent a cops doing drug stops with private K9’s ( I 40 in Oklahoma, if you recall) they take your car under forfeiture laws because that’s how they make their money (kickbacks). I would suggest you call 1-800-GetAlawyer, because any Lawyer will have a field day with this. Now if someone was actually transporting this evil / toxic plant. Would the car cover up the tell tail signs of concealment. One only wonders.

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