Wow a ‘motor cycle that runs on human waste’

toilet powered motorcycle - this motorcycle runs on human waste, no fuel needed
India
February 13, 2012 8:38am CST
As per the news in TV, the Japanese toilet manufacturer TOTO created an Eco-friendly motorcycle that runs on human waste. Designed to promote TOTO's environmental efforts, Toilet Bike converts human waste into biogas fuel. As an added bonus, this mobile toilet can also play music and even talk to the rider. Guess this will be very popular, in the present day scene in India, here cost of petrol rises almost every month, a liter of petrol costs almost same as a liter of vegetable oil that I buy for our cooking. It will be useful because it can talk to the rider and play music; moreover it is Eco-friendly as claimed by the manufacture. [b]What is your view? Will you buy one, if it is within your budget. We may buy one because there is no need of Petrol. Please comment and share your valued opinion.[/b] Kalyani 25/01/2012.
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@owlwings (40026)
• Cambridge, England
13 Feb 12
A little further investigation: http://tototalk.jp/en/top shows that it is not quite all that some people claim it to be! It does NOT run on the rider's waste products (although it DOES run on bio-gas produced by the local waste disposal facility). The toilet seat for the driver is a gimmick and is not functional and the whole thing is a promotional tool for the toilet manufacturer and, apparently, a 'green' educational/motivational mission.
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@owlwings (40026)
• Cambridge, England
13 Feb 12
Complete gimmick! I don't know why nobody else responding appears to have read this or bothered to check! It was sitting there at the top of the page, after all, and I even provided a link to the OFFICIAL version! How long will it be before they make a two-seat version to use as a tuk-tuk or jeepney?
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@shaggin (39542)
• United States
13 Feb 12
Wow lol this is the firs time I am hearing of this... a motorcycle that runs instead of on gas but on poop lol. I would hope that the compartment for the poop will be well contained so the smell will not seep out. I think its neat that they were able to come up with something like this I mean.. they can get poop anywhere for gree but gas you have to pay for at a gas station.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
9 Sep 12
I don't know if I would like to use one of these. How do they get the waste from the toilet to the "gas tank"? If they could do that with a car, I might consider it; but since I am afraid of motorcycles I don't think I would want one no matter how eco-friendly they are. Thanks for sharing!!!
• United States
23 Mar 12
Wow, that's both brilliant and disgusting. Though I guess it could work. Poo helps plants grow so maybe it can make a bike go (hey that rhymes!) I have no idea.
@garson (886)
• United States
3 Mar 12
I never heard of this one, but it is a method of recycling. I would like to see demonstration on this. Who knows science or discovery channel will cover this. As far as using other means other than oil or petroleum as fuel, gas, etc, future living depends on innovation and new methods since fossilized fuel is going to be much much more difficult to get. Vegetable oil cost the same as gas for car? This is somehow a disaster. You would find relief, who knows. In the future, more vehicles would sway away from petroleum. There would be more cars running on charged electricity and something else.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
16 Feb 12
WOW!!! REALLY!!! I used to say this all the time that they should invent autos to run on human waste. Just think if you are ina RV. It could go straight from the toliet into fuel. People used to think i was nuts when i said these things. Here in the state i live there is a guy that goes around to all the resturants and gathers all the old oil. He converts it into fuel.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
16 Feb 12
The idea of something like this actually working is not something that surprises me at all. However, I don't think it would be something that I would really like to have because I would personally be afraid of any smells that it might have associated with its fuel. With that said, I think it does go a long way toward showing what is possible because of the increases in the cost of fuel.
• India
14 Feb 12
hello kalyani ji,wow thats a great idea that an eco friendly motorcycle has been made.yes i would surely want to buy this if this is within my reach. have a nice day.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
14 Feb 12
Hi Kalyni, so far i didn't see this kind of bike being available in my country yet. But, do they able to completely cover-up the human waste smell? I am sure nobody able to accept the human waste smell, although it was cheap and don't have to use petrol. I still prefer motor that runs on electricity rather than running using human waste. I am sure my family won't be interest to have this type of motor cycle as well...
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
13 Feb 12
i there kalynin 2011, Wow this is great news the reason is not only so that we can save gas but we can also avoid pollution caused by gas guzzling cars, and also we can avoid boredom because it talks and has stereo, but bottom line is it is very economical and very ecological.
@tiffnkeat (1679)
• Singapore
13 Feb 12
Does it come with a oxygen mask? How do you top up? Through a station that sells those waste? I don't think it will be popular despite the good intent. Frankly, I would choose to cycle if I have to choose eventually. Or even an electric bicycle. I won't even bother to ask how much, but thanks for the interesting information.
• United States
13 Feb 12
That seems like it would be pretty gross. I mean gas already smells as it is. Add waste in there and it is going to smell even worse. Leave it up to Japan to come up with something that involves waste. No offense but some of the stuff involving poop and pee there is a bit strange.
@sjvg1976 (18386)
• Delhi, India
13 Feb 12
Hello Kalyani, Yes it is worth to buy it as these days rates of petrol is too high and i really think before taking my car out from my home.I will check out the disadvantages/limitations of this vehical then think of buying it.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
13 Feb 12
dear maa I am not sure if this is available here in our country (hehehe) But one thing is for sure- some people would be hesitant to buy one. I am not sure either if I want to have one either. Have a great day maa and hugs to you and dada