Electric Car Made From Bamboo To Go On Sale In Japan

Eschewing the silver paint and smooth curves of most electric cars nowadays, the Japanese Meguru electric car kind of looks like a rickshaw, and is made from bamboo.

It'll be going on sale for around the equivalent of $US10,000, with the makers Yodogawa Group and Kinki Knives Industries Corporation (what a name!) aiming it the more traditional cities of Kyoto and Nara.

While on the outside it looks like a large-scale fridge magnet you'd pick up in a souvenir shop, internally it's stuffed with enough electrics to power it for 40km after just two hours of charging. Its top speed may only be 40km/h, but it's an affordable, eco-friendly way to get about a town or city in style. Shame it only fits two people, really. [Japan Trends]

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