At the Los Angeles Auto show in 2010, Mercedes Benz released their BIOME design in order to complete in the Design Challenge.Although it did not win, the Mercedes Benz BIOME, is arguably the greenest car design at this time. One mock-up was developed at that time for competition purposes, but they plan to have similar models out by 2015. The details for the auto show, was to design a car that weighed less than 1000 pounds, had a cutting edge design, is a compact car, and was safe and comfortable. The Mercedes Benz met all of the criteria while being completely environmentally friendly.
The BIOME is made of BioFibre. BioFibre is a material that is rooted from DNA molecules, and is grown in a lab. It is capable of taking in the sun’s energy and storing in as a chemical bond, that has been termed BioNectar4535. The Bionectar is stored in the vehicle and is used to power it. The BioFibre also is very light in comparison to most outer materials used for cars, and the designed model weighed only 875 pounds, which is much less than the 1000 design limit. The Biofibre used to make the car, would actually be grown in a lab at Mercedes headquarters. This would make the car made completely out of organic material, which can be composted after it is no longer used.
Already extremelly impressive, there is more about the BIOME that adds to its eco-friendly reputation. The BIOME emits pure oxygen as the “waste product.” Its amazing to think that the “BIOME would be grown in a lab rather than built on a production line.” The Mercedes Benz head of advanced design, explain that the mission of the BIOME for the competition would be to design a car that is inspired by nature, and has no negative impact on the enviorment.