2010 LA Auto Show: Mercedes-Benz Biome is one crazy concept, we like it!

Article by Christian A., on November 18, 2010

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.

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Mercedes-Benz Biome Concept

At the 2010 Los Angeles Design Challenge, the designers from the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad, California, surprised everyone with a revolutionary vision. Taking their inspiration from nature, they designed a vehicle which is fully integrated into the ecosystem, from the moment of its creation right through to the end of its service life. The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept grows in a completely organic environment from seeds sown in a nursery. Out on the road the car emits pure oxygen, and at the end of its lifespan it can be simply composted or used as building material.

"As the inventor of the motor car, we wanted to illustrate the vision of the perfect vehicle of the future, which is created and functions in complete symbiosis with nature. The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept is a natural technology hybrid, and forms part of our earth's ecosystem. It grows and thrives like the leaves on a tree" according to Hubert Lee, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad. This year the competition had called for the creation of a vision of a safe and comfortable 2+2 compact car featuring good handling and a first-class design, and weighing only 1,000 lbs (around 454 kg/kerb weight).

Mercedes-Benz symbiosis - a partnership with nature

The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept symbiosis vehicle is made from an ultralight material called BioFibre and tips the scales at just 875.5 lbs (around 394 kg). This material is significantly lighter than metal or plastic, yet more robust than steel. BioFibre is grown from proprietary DNA in the Mercedes-Benz nursery, where it collects energy from the sun and stores it in a liquid chemical bond called BioNectar4534. As part of this process, the vehicle is created from two seeds: The interior of the BIOME grows from the DNA in the Mercedes star on the front of the vehicle, while the exterior grows from the star on the rear. To accommodate specific customer requirements, the Mercedes star is genetically engineered in each case, and the vehicle "grows" when the genetic code is combined with the seed capsule. The wheels are grown from four separate seeds.

The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept is powered by BioNectar4534, which is stored in the BioFibre material of the chassis, interior, and wheels. In addition, Mercedes-Benz has developed a technology to equip trees with special receptors which can collect the excess solar energy and turn it into BioNectar4534. This creates a direct link with nature's energy sources and acts as an incentive to cover mobility energy requirements through more trees and at the same time maintain natural resources. Like plants, the Mercedes-Benz symbiosis vehicle also produces oxygen, thereby contributing to improving air quality. At the end of its service life, the Mercedes-Benz BIOME can be fully composted or used as building material. Thanks to the exclusive use of green technologies, the BIOME vehicle thus blends seamlessly into the ecosystem.

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