Oh science, with a concept like your latest sh*t powered car, how could I not love you with all my heart? Move over Smart Car, British sewage treatment company Wessex Water recently showcased a new VW Bug, outfitted with the ability to fuel itself on methane biogas from fermented human waste -adding a whole new level of literalness to the sentence, “my car runs like sh*t”.
Lord Rupert Redesdale, who claims to be the chairman of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association despite having a title that makes him sound like a Harry Potter villain, had this to say:
“This is a very exciting and forward-thinking project demonstrating the myriad benefits of anaerobic digestion (releasing energy from waste). Biomethane cars could be just as important as electric cars.” [nymag]
Ah yes, just as important as electric cars, if not twice as disgusting. Apparently these crap cars can travel up to 10,000 miles annually on waste collected from 70 households, though they didn’t exactly go into detail on how you’re expected to actually get any of your friends into the vehicle willingly. So just remember, the next time somebody wants to yell at you for taking a leak in their gas cap, explain that you’re doing it for science.
FInger guns to Geekosystem for the tip.