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Are wooden cars in America's future?

GasBuddy Blog -- At the Geneva International Motor Show next month, Finnish papermaker UPM-Kymmene will showcase an eco-friendly wooden car whose frame is built from tree pulp and plywood; the vehicle also runs on fuel made from papermaking byproducts.

UPM’s Biofore concept car meets all European crash and fire safety standards and offers all the features of a conventional car. “We wish to demonstrate that these materials respond to the needs of the automotive industry,” says Juuso Konttinen, UPM’s vice president for new business.

Could we be going back to the future? BusinessWeek raises an interesting question...

The Helsinki-based timber company sees wood as a viable option to replace heavy steel components in cars. “Everyone...


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ejhoward
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2014 10:10:40 PM

They already are. I 'wooden' own or drive most of them!
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jowa
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2014 2:36:08 PM

sorry son, you cannot take the car today. the termites ate it
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2014 12:02:22 AM

then again, what does one do in termite infested areas? Or where carpenter bees and wood boring insects thrive?
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 5:54:46 AM

as I always say, "duct tape and baling twine are the forces that hold my universe together."
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2014 5:51:35 AM

great. How about making them out of plastic so we can use duct tape?

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KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2014 3:26:07 AM

Old 'news'.
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csblesson
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 11:36:41 PM

How about paper?
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BigKart
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 3:26:14 PM

Planned obsolescence. Make it out of particleboard. It gets bigger and heavier the longer you have it until it finally disintegrates into a pile of sawdust with no notice.
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dusrap24
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:31:45 PM

Old news
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mageetp
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:30:55 PM

old post.
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1stShotmaker
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:29:20 PM

Anyone want an old MORGAN? It had a wooden frame.
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CaesarI
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:28:35 PM

how interesting
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satrn38mpg
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:22:05 PM

not in the for seeable future .
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:21:07 PM

I had a wooden wagon when I was a kid.
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marion1739
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:20:54 PM

Okay
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Tralp
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:20:52 PM

ok
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:17:39 PM

No, they are not in Americas's future. The environmentalists will climb trees and strap themselves up there.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:16:09 PM

Yesterdays post! Wake up and smell the cottage cheese burning!
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millerin
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:15:40 PM

wooden carts!
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SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:14:24 PM

What!!!! A few questions: Safety, Cost top speed ????
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williamcabot
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:13:01 PM

Another reason to raise gasoline prices.
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commins
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:12:43 PM

it's a woody 'Dad-gummit'
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kamsackianguy1
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:12:26 PM

Back to the horse and carriage next??? Another step forward in the wrong direction.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:12:26 PM

easy to recycle
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:12:22 PM

Wood is to heavy that is why they don't use it for aircraft anymore.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:11:39 PM

3rd day in a row for this article.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:11:15 PM

like to see one, think it would be cool.
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pecos
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:11:02 PM

What? Yea lets make out of Balsa wood, the they will be very light for getting great mileage.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:07:25 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:06:48 PM

OMG! The tree lovers will absolutely freak over this development!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:04:25 PM

As I said three times with this same post, what in the world? Going back to the stone age or what?
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:03:27 PM

Bring on hydrogen power.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:03:19 PM

Old news!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:00:45 PM

Old news!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:58:58 PM

not here
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:58:56 PM

Kill a Tree! Make a Vehicle! Not a good combination!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:58:43 PM

Wow, this was posted last Friday and it's still here today.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:53:59 PM

Pete and repeat were in a boat
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:52:09 PM

Not likely.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:51:37 PM

Great! Lets keep raping the land of trees that take hundreds of years to replace. I'm not a tree hugger but I'd like my grandkids to be able to see a forest some day. Why is wood better than steel and aluminum?
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:51:02 PM

here comes another spruce goose...
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:49:58 PM

Two days old
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RBob
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:48:21 PM

Why not..?
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Old News
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:44:04 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:43:26 PM

Interesting.
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No! It's not.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:40:05 PM

This story is so old that the wooden frames are getting dry rot.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:37:27 PM

I don't think so
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:36:42 PM

Not for me! Sounds like a stunt!
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