London: Here's a piece of good news for the car and nature lovers! Scientists have claimed to develop eco-friendly cars made from pineapples or bananas.


A team at Sao Paulo State University in Brazil claims to have come out with a more effective way to use eco-friendly fibers in place of plastics which is used to make parts of automobiles.

The fibers are likely to be made from plants like pineapples or bananas.

“The fibers used to reinforce the new plastics may come from delicate fruits like bananas and pineapples, but they are super strong,” Team leader Alcides Leao said.

Other good sources include coir fibers found in coconut shells, typha, or "cattails", sisal fibers produced from the agave plant and fique, another plant related to pineapples.

“The properties of these plastics are incredible. They are light, but very strong -- 30 per cent lighter and 3-to-4 times stronger also they have mechanical advantages like more resistance to damage from heat, spilled gasoline, water, and oxygen,” Leao said.

He further added: “We believe that a lot of car parts, including dashboards, bumpers, side panels, will be made of nano-sized fruit fibers in the future. For one thing, they will help reduce the weight of cars and that will improve fuel economy.”

The team predicted they would be used within two years.

To prepare the nano-fibres, the scientists insert the leaves and stems of pineapples or other plants into a device similar to a pressure cooker. They then add certain chemicals to the plants and heat the mixture over several cycles, producing a fine material that resembles talcum powder.

(Agencies)