Japan unveils concept car made from high-tech cellulose


At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Japan’s Environment Ministry unveiled a concept car made from a nanocellulose material made from wood-based cellulose and crop waste.

“The cellulose nanofiber is carbon-neutral ‘wood’ material, so we can expect it to contribute to the reduction in CO2 emissions, so it will be friendly for our environment,” Toshio Kon, group manager from the conversion vehicle development division, tells RT.

Most of the car’s skeleton, including roof, doors, and hood, used cellulose nanofiber. The material is also five times stronger than steel but only one-fifth the weight—which are good for the car’s safety performance and gas mileage, respectively.