Did you hear about the wooden car, with wooden wheels, a wooden chassis and a wooden engine? It wooden go.
Or would it? In a few years’ time, when people really are driving wooden cars, that joke will be headed for the junkyard.
“Wood could be used in cars,” says materials scientist Liangbing Hu at the University of Maryland. He recently received a massive grant to build cars out of high-tech wood, and he doesn’t have the road to himself. Engineers in Japan are also working on a wooden concept car due to be unveiled at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
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