(This story first appeared at Hemp Industry Daily.)
It’s common lore in the hemp industry: Henry Ford made a car out of hemp, but then anti-cannabis hysteria and a malevolent steel industry squashed the plant’s potential as an automotive component.
The true history is more complicated.
Engineers have been tinkering with hemp-fiber components in automotive bodies and interiors for many decades, failing to find hemp-based inputs that could truly compete with fiberglass or other materials on price or performance.
But that’s about to change, says Nathan Armstrong, a vehicle engineer in
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