At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Nano Cellulose Vehicle (NCV) was showcased to the world. It is a study into the usage of cellulose nanofiber (CNF) materials for automotive purpose. The CNF vehicle comes from a consortium of 22 Japanese universities, research institutes and corporate suppliers launched in the year 2016 by Japan’s Ministry of Environment. Cellulose nanofiber (CNF) is derived from plants and recycled agricultural waste. These materials have been used on the body parts such as roof, doors and hood. With the usage of these materials, shell weight of the car is 50 per cent when compared with traditional vehicles.
Cellulose nanofiber (CNF) has also been extensively used in vehicle’s structural tub. For exterior design of Nano Cellulose Vehicle, Toyota’s Customizing and Development’s Yuzo Niimi was given the task. Incidentally, Toyota is also one of the consortium members. Nano Cellulose Vehicle has relatively small footprint and the front and enticing headlights along with a small, sharp front grille. The study also encompasses butterfly doors, multi-spoke wheels, a large diffuser and a rear dominated by taillights. It is quite similar to the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve.
Interior of the Nano Cellulose Vehicle consist of panels clad in wood and a two-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters. Currently, this concept is a technical showcase and details regarding the powertrain are limited at this point. However, it features a hydrogen fuel cell and has a top speed limited to just 12 mph. We have few images of the concept live from Tokyo Motor Show, tell us what you think about this world’s most eco-friendly supercar till date.