The Mercedes-Benz Biome Drives into the Future

by Nate Torvik on August 24, 2012

When thinking about the future, we have a tendency to think about things that we’ve seen in movies or read in books. Giant blue humanlike creatures that look like stretched out Smurfs and love nature (Avatar); an Earth that has so much trash on it that nothing will grow (Wall-E); or a world in which kids fight each other once a year to make the aristocracy happy (The Hunger Games). Countless other book and movie ideas are floating around, planting thoughts into our heads. You want to know something that I have personally never imagined for the future? Growing a car.

Mercedes-Benz is all about the future of the automotive industry. They always have been and they always will be. From the birth of the car to seat belts with airbags in them, Mercedes has firmly planted its stamp on the automotive industry. But their most recent foray into the future of cars is by far their most, well, creative effort yet.

Recently, they won the “2012 Green GOOD DESIGN” award, given to them by the “Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design,” according to Daimler. The design was of the Mercedes-Benz Biome, a concept car right now that has literally grown from the minds of some of Mercedes top thinkers.

The idea behind the Biome is that Mercedes can GROW the CAR out of SEEDS. I used all caps for those three words because I’m almost positive that you won’t see them in the same sentence, perhaps ever again. The Biome is made up of completely organic materials, grown entirely from six different seeds. The front and back of the car are grown from DNA that combines with seeds in two Mercedes-Benz stars, and each of the wheels is grown from an individual seed.

The Biome would emit pure oxygen into the environment, providing much needed cleaner air. The vehicle would collect energy from the sun using a chemical called BioNectar4534 to store the energy for use. Think of a solar panel made completely out of biodegradable materials on the entire vehicle, which then uses that energy to propel the car. Then remember that you aren’t crazy, and this information isn’t made up; this is actually a Mercedes-Benz model that is currently in development.

The overall weight of the car would be less than 900 lbs. The lightest C-Class model at Mercedes-Benz right now weighs nearly 3,400 lbs. With a car made of completely organic material, it is really no wonder that the construction would be so lightweight. From the wheels the glass surrounding the driving, it will all be completely constructed out of organic material.

Suffice it to say, when–not if–the Mercedes-Benz Biome is finally completed and ready for production, it will be one of the most amazing things mankind has ever accomplished thus far. Not that I am knocking the discovery of fire, the invention of the wheel, or even sliced bread, but a car made out of completely organic material will definitely qualify to be amongst the most elite ideas ever.

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