A Different Kind of High Gas Mileage

Lotus' new "green" Eco Elise features hemp-based bodywork and other renewable materials

Lotus has taken a different approach to 'green' car building with the announcement of its Eco Elise—featuring hemp-based bodywork and other renewable materials. Taking the position that too many 'green' cars concentrate solely on CO2 emissions Green-Business-Travel at the tailpipe, Lotus has overhauled its entire manufacturing process to reduce energy and water usage, boost recycling, use locally-sourced, renewable and carbon-neutral materials, and provide dash instrumentation to encourage greener driving habits. It's an unique 'holistic' approach to environmentally friendly car building—and the stunning Eco Elise should make at least two sales when the news reaches Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong.

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