“The interior of the BIOME grows from the DNA in the Mercedes star on the front of the vehicle, while the exterior grows from the star on the rear. To accommodate specific customer requirements, the Mercedes star is genetically engineered in each case, and the vehicle grows when the genetic code is combined with the seed capsule. The wheels are grown from four separate seeds.”
Makes sense? No? Well it didn’t to us either until Mercedes explained. We’ve seen the advent of green tech, of cars running on vegetable oils, cars that produce nothing but water as a by-product, of hybrids and electrics, but we’ve never heard of a car that is grown in a lab.
The Mercedes-Benz BIOME concept car is an eco-friendly, biodegradable, ultra-light hybrid vehicle – which would be custom grown in a lab.
Mercedes-Benz has re-envisioned the one ton steel standard, designing a car made out of a steel-alternative called BioFibre. BioFibre is lighter than metal and plastic yet stronger than steel. If used in a car, the car would weigh around 875.5 pounds and would also be entirely biodegradable.
And apparently instead of running on regular fuel, the BIOME would run on a mysterious fuel called “BioNectar4534?, which leaves no byproduct other than oxygen.
When asked about his inspiration for the car, Hubert Lee, head of Mercedes-Benz advanced design studios said, “As the inventor of the motor car, we wanted to illustrate the vision of the perfect vehicle of the future, which is created and functions in complete symbiosis with nature. The Mercedes-Benz BIOME is a natural technology hybrid, and forms part of our earth’s ecosystem. It grows and thrives like the leaves on a tree.”
What this means is the car is also a solar collector. It’s designed to work like a leaf, and absorb solar energy while you’re out and driving about. The result? That’s what would power the vehicle, mostly. Other details about the vehicle are still anyone’s guess.
Here’s looking forward to your very own lab-grown car. Just beware of those pesky test-tubes!