p2pnet view Cool:- Mee the Kestrel!
It’s the prototype of the four-passenger, zero-emission car from Calgary’s Motive Industries, “which announced recently it would introduce an electric car whose biocomposite body is made from hemp”, says the Montreal Gazette.
It’s built from hemp grown in Vegreville, near Edmonton, “and processed into an impact-resistant bio-composite material produced by the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures program”, a Crown corporation, it says.
Holding a driver and up to three passengers, it’ll have a top speed of 90 kilometres per hour and a range of 40 to 160 kilometres, depending on the type of battery, the company says, according to the CBC, which goes on:
“The Kestrel is one of five electric vehicles being developed by Project Eve, an automotive industry collaboration founded by Motive and Toronto Electric, an Ontario material handling and electric motor company, to boost the production of electric vehicles and electric vehicle components in Canada.”
Kestrels will be built “with the help of polytechnic schools in Alberta, Quebec and Toronto, and the first 20 cars are scheduled to be delivered next year to EnMax, a Calgary-based energy distribution, supply and service company that is taking part in Project Eve”, says the story.
But it should really be called the Kestrel II.
UK car firm BMC had a Kestrel (right).
In 1965 “BMC added a Riley badged version to its ever expanding 1100/1300 range”, says the motorbase.com, adding:
“Available in 1100 Kestrel and later 1300 forms the new cars were little more than ‘badge-engineered’ versions of the rest of the 1100/1300 family, being closely related to the MG variants”,
“Like the MG versions the Riley Kestrel and 1300 made use of the mildly tuned twin carb A-Series engines, the last 1300s were blessed with 70bhp which produced lively performance figures.
“All Riley 1100/1300 cars were well equipped and trimmed, featuring two-tone paint, leather seats and wood trim. Production disappeared along with the rest of the Riley marque in 1969.”
[The clip is borrowed from a pic on Old Classic Cars.]
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