Are composite pickup trucks in our future?

Transportation design firm Motive Industries released sketches of what a pickup made of composite material could look like.

The Bison midsize composite pickup concept designed by Motive Industries.
The Bison midsize composite pickup concept designed by Motive Industries. Motive Industries

Transportation design firm Motive Industries released computer-generated images of what a pickup made of composite material could look like.

The Bison is a midsize truck concept with the the cargo capacity of a full-size Ford F-series, according to Motive. Constructed of carbon fiber composite, the Bison offers a 50 percent weight savings over a steel truck without sacrificing strength.

The same chassis could be used with conventional gas or diesel engines, and it can also accommodate a hybrid, electric, or fuel cell power train, according to Motive. The flexible platform and body design would make it an attractive option for automotive manufactures looking for a truck to produce and sell globally.

Motive Industries helped design and construct the now defunct Aptera 2e. The electric three-wheeler had a composite shell that was reportedly so strong you couldn't dent the body with a hammer . The Canadian-based company also made headlines with its biocomposite electric car made from hemp mats .

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