Driven by nature, the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad, California, at the 2010 Los Angeles Design Challenge, designed a revolutionary vehicle that is fully integrated into the ecosystem, from its inception through the end of its life.
The 2010 competition entails the conceptualization of a comfortable and safe 2+2 compact car featuring a first-class design, good handling, and weighing 1,000 lbs (around 454 kg/kerb weight).
Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept is designed to grow in an entirely organic environment from seeds sown in a nursery. While running, the BIOME emits pure oxygen and at the end of its lifespan, it can be used as a building material or composted.
The BIOME symbiosis vehicle is made from an ultra-light material (BioFibre) and weighs at 875.5 lbs (around 394 kg). BioFibre is lighter than plastic or metal, yet stronger than steel.
BioFibre is cultivated from proprietary DNA in the Mercedes-Benz nursery, where it gathers energy from the sun and stores it in a liquid chemical bond called BioNectar4534. The BIOME is created from two seeds: the exterior grows from the star on the rear and the BIOME’s interior grows from the DNA in the Mercedes star on the front of the vehicle.
Mercedes seeks to address specific customer needs and each Mercedes star is genetically engineering in each case and the BIOME “grows” when the genetic code is combined with the seed capsule.
The wheels are cultivated from four individual seeds. Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios’ Hubert Lee says the BIOME, which grows and thrives like leaves on a tree, is a natural technology hybrid and forms part of the earth’s ecosystem.