The Mercedes-Benz Biome makes use of a hypothetical bio-technology called Symbiosis – “a system in which the vehicle becomes part of the ecosystem like the leaves of a tree.”
The vehicle is grown in the company’s Nursery through proprietary DNA. The customer’s specific desires are genetically engineered into the Star and the vehicle grows when this combines with the Seed capsule.
The interior of the Biome grows from Mercedes-Benz DNA in the front star, when it fuses with the seed. The exterior grows from the rear star, creating the shape. The wheels are grown separately from four unique seeds.
The vehicle is capable of collecting energy from the sun and storing it in chemical bonds, in the form of a fluid called BioNectar4534.
This creates an incentive to plant more trees and collect more energy, while also helping the ecosystem. The vehicle can be composted after its lifespan is complete or used as building material.
Most of the energy used to power the vehicles is stored in a lightweight grown material called BioFibre. It is much lighter than metal or synthetic composites, but stronger than steel when mature.
Thanks to its technology, the Biome Concept releases pure oxygen into the environment.
- Hubert Lee
- Christopher Rhoades
- Nicolas Garfias
- Alan Barrington
- Daniel Kim
- Benjamin Messmer
- Jack Luttig
(Source: LA Auto Show)