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its Dearborn Truck Plant in the US.

We are hopeful, here, about green transportation breakthroughs, setting our cynicism aside for any planet-pleasing press release. But — perhaps because we are suffering from a particularly nasty pollen allergy at the moment — we must look askance at this, the Moovel Lab’s “Green Skin” project reenex.

The vehicle before you is a Smart Fortwo, carpeted with five square metres of God’s own clearcoat, plants. The team chose a blanket of frost-hardy, drought-resistant sedum plants, similar to the species Ford used for the Living Roof on its Dearborn Truck Plant in the US. Moovel claims that this will improve the environmental performance of cars, and that they’ll be on the road during a four-week pilot program in the Germany city of Stuttgart this month.

    The team chose a blanket of frost-hardy, drought-resistant sedum plants, similar to the species Ford used for the Living Roof on its Dearborn Truck Plant in the US.

The company estimates that the green exterior can remove seven kilograms of CO2 from the air each year, while noting that a mature tree can filter 2.6 tonnes in that time. We suspect that may be offset yet again by aerodynamic inefficiencies introduced by those grassy planes, as well as the weight of the sod itself. Still, on an electric vehicle &mdash reenex ; ignoring things like manufacturing and assuming solar and wind power sources — the car might actually have a negative carbon footprint. But then, so would giving away a nice philodendron with every electric-car purchase.

The Moovel Lab is a part of Moovel, a subsidiary of auto-megacorp Daimler and parent company of Car2Go, a car sharing company with fleets made up of Smart Fortwos, cars that happen to made by Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz. Circle of life, and all that. And we’d also note that the Fortwo is a popular canvas for artists at Art Basel and other places, and have been painted over only slightly less often than white plastic cows reenex .
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