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Toilet maker unveils 'poop-powered' bike

2012-08-29 09:33

Tokyo - Japan's best-known toilet maker on Wednesday unveiled a "poop-powered" motorcycle that can travel as far as 300km on a tank filled with animal waste.

Billed as the world's first waste-powered vehicle, the three-wheeler has a toilet in place of a regular seat and huge paper roll at the back.

But as a young female model climbed aboard for a test drive, toilet giant Toto was quick to point out that she would not supply the "gas".

"The biogas it uses as fuel is not made from human waste. It's made from livestock waste and sewage," said Kenji Fujita, a company spokesperson in a Tokyo suburb.

"We hope to raise awareness among customers about our green campaign through development of environmentally-friendly products such as water-saving showerheads and water-saving toilets," Fujita added.

The company - which makes toilets equipped with an array of features including heated seats, water jets with pressure and temperature controls, and ambient background music - has no plans to commercialise the motorcycle.

Comments
  • docnoo.boddy - 2012-08-29 09:55

    This story is bullsh*t!

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-08-29 10:42

      What a load of crap!

  • pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-29 10:03

    Sh*t idea!

  • Blackpoison - 2012-08-29 10:10

    As they say in Afr, "dit ry seker met 'n stink spoed"...

  • J Woodenberg - 2012-08-29 10:57

    ...so now you can go while you go

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-29 11:00

    Okey so when is the car model being build, so that all can "go green" or is it "poop!". I know one thing. Bikers won't have a problem anymore if they do decide to go on long trips. There are enough fields and farms where they can get alot of manure if Toto decide to commercialise this motorcycle. HA ha ha! Hopefully they won't have to drive with "pegs" on their noses.

  • dawie.coetzee.52 - 2012-08-29 14:26

    If one can find a cheap and convenient way to scrub the 50%+ carbon dioxide out of biogas the remaining mainly methane is quite a good fuel. It's clean and supports fairly silly compression ratios, which means tuning potential. But if one has to compress the CO2 with the rest it's a lot of dead weight to carry.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-08-30 12:18

    Why not Human waste?, the current solution of pumping close to 7 billion tons of human waste out to sea on a yearly basis is not sustainable and is a direct threat to the viability of sea based food sources.

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