For some of us, it takes a couple of cups of coffee to wake up and hit the road. The Bean Machine, a coffee-powered pickup built by UK engineer and conservationist Martin Bacon, takes the notion of caffeine-based energy to a whole new level. Commissioned by The Co-operative Food to commemorate their 10th anniversary of converting all of their coffee to fair trade, the truck set a Guinness World Record for the highest speed ever attained by a java-powered vehicle, clocking in at 65mph.
The ingenious Bean Machine is a modified Ford F100 pickup that uses the process of gasification powered by coffee chaff pellets. The pellets, which are a byproduct of coffee production, are heated by a charcoal fire and broken down into hydrogen and carbon monoxide. The gas is cooled and filtered before hydrogen is combusted to operate the engine. Gasification was a widespread means of transportation in wartime England, where over 100,000 vehicles were powered by the process during WWII. At the beginning of the 20th century, 900,000 cars were running on gasifiers across the world and can potentially be more efficient than fossil fuels.
The caffeinated car set the Guinness World Record at the Woodford Airfield in Manchester, England. “We’re thrilled to have taken the speed record for the fastest car of this kind.” said team leader and engineer, Martin Bacon. Backed the by The Co-Operative Food, the vehicle was created to publicize their commitment to fair trade. For the past 15 years, the business has advocated for responsible retailing through animal welfare, environmentally sustainable products, and socially just production. They hope that the Bean Machine sends a jolt to the public and helps spread the world about fair trade products.
Via The Daily Mail