This is the face of the made-from-hemp Kestrel EV being built by Canadian car-maker Motive Industries, who made a big media splash last month courtesy of the car’s “controversial” composite construction.
As you can see (above, rendered in a raw “composite hemp” finish) the Kestrel’s design photos show a modern city car that manages to package 4 adults into a (seemingly) ultra-compact footprint, without looking as cartoonishly small as a Smart ForTwo (or a Peel P50!). In this photo (below) the Kestrel’s strong fender lines – necessary to build structural strength in the composite panels – cleverly play up the size of the car’s wheels.
Motive showed the first production body panels at this weekend’s EV 2010 VÉ Conference and Trade Show. I’ve included a link to a promotional video of the show featuring a number of electric vehicles and a close-up look at a Kestrel’s door – Motive’s official press release, meanwhile, is on the next page.
SOURCE: Motive Industries, via Autoblog.