Old-school surfers have a special place in their heart for the classic paneled station wagons affectionately referred to as "woodies." Now, some folks in Finland are looking to put a new spin on the term with what it says will be the ultimate "green" vehicle.
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences is working with the Finnish Agency for Technology and Innovation to develop what it calls the Biofore concept car. Among other sustainable benefits, the car will be constructed largely out of fiber-based materials, and its diesel engine will run on wood-based renewable fuel.
Meanwhile, many of the interior components that are traditionally made with plastic will be made with he university's "Grada thermoformable" wood-type material. And the car's shape will be "inspired" by a pinecone. Yes, a pinecone. A street-legal pinecone. Check out more information on the Biofore here.