According to The Asahi Shimbun, somewhere in the far-flung future, “Doc” Brown and Marty McFly may be smiling.
A recycling firm and DVD retailer have teamed to create a DeLorean automobile that runs on trash clothing, replicating the fictional time machine of the “Back to the Future” film trilogy.
Developed by Jeplan Inc. and NBC Universal Entertainment Japan LLC, the vehicle is powered by bioethanol produced from cotton fibers of old clothes.
The companies plan to drive the car somewhere in Tokyo on Oct. 21, 2015, the date that the two “Back to the Future” protagonists travel to in their time machine. The time-traveling DeLorean uses garbage as fuel.
“My three decade-long dream will finally come true,” said Michihiko Iwamoto, Jeplan CEO. “We have been working to complete the machine by this date.”
Last week, the two companies unveiled the bioethanol-fueled DeLorean, which is almost identical in appearance to the car featured in the three Robert Zemeckis productions.
Jeplan and NBC Universal will collect old clothes at 1,450 shops nationwide, including Aeon shopping malls and Muji variety stores. The clothing will be sent to a Jeplan plant in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, where it will be made into bioethanol through a process called saccharification.
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