First of it's kind 'poo-powered' car hits the road in Australia

Eco 27/05/2021

A first of it's kind, poo-tiful new car has been launched in Australia, showcasing another petrol alternative for eco-conscious drivers.

Urban Utilities, provider of water and sewerage services to more than 1.5 million people in Queensland, has launched the country's first poo-powered SUV, a Hyundai Kona.

Appropriately named 'Number 2', the poo-emoji emblazoned car is the second vehicle owned by the company to operate on human waste.

It's also odour-free!

The car is fully charged after about 1000 flushes and has a driving range of 450km.

"On average, one person's daily habits can generate enough electricity to make the car travel around 450 metres," Urban Utilities spokesperson Anna Hartley said in a statement.

When biogas from sewage treatment is fed into a giant engine at a Brisbane wastewater treatment plant it's converted to electricity - with poo-generated electricity saving the company AU$1.7 million per year.

"They might not realise it, but more than 330,000 people in Brisbane's south and west are helping to create fuel for our poo-powered cars every time they flush," Hartley said.

"Last financial year we produced enough electricity to power the equivalent of nearly 4,000 homes for an entire year.

"By harnessing the power of poo, we're reducing our operating costs and helping the environment by using a more sustainable energy source."