The Mercedes Biome concept is the vehicle, which Mercedes-Benz’s designers came up with for the 2010 Design Challenge held by the LA Auto Show.
The Biome is made from BioFibre, a material that’s significantly lighter – the concept weighs 875 lbs, well short of the competition’s 1,000-pound limit – than either plastic or metal yet supposedly is stronger than steel.
The basis for the Biome Concept is a vehicle that “grows in a completely organic environment from seeds sown in a nursery. It’s all natural, all organic and all science fiction.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the Biome uses what is called the Symbiosis system. In this process the vehicle acts like leaves on a tree — collecting solar energy to power the vehicle. The BioNectar4535 powers the Biome where it is housed in the vehicles chassis, interior, and wheels.