Lotus Eco Elise
Lotus Eco Elise
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Lotus Eco Elise

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[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> You would expect Toyota to do a green lean car, but Lotus? Well here it is, the Lotus Eco Elise green sports car. First of all, check out the body panels. Those are made of a pressed panel of hemp, renewable of course and they say quite strong. Up here on the roof you'll see solar panels for gathering up the sun's energy and helping to trickle charge the battery and power low current electrical systems. Let's look inside. The floor mats are made of totally renewable sisal, the seat upholstery is what they call eco wool and it's not dyed. I guess that means you can get the interior in any color you want as long as it's sheep. And the stereo, a special unit made extra light -- again to save weight. The paint is a water-based process, so none of those icky vapors and chemicals -- even the wheels are ultra light to save energy. It's part of the effort by the auto industry to recast green lean cars as non-whimpy.

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