The UK’s poop-powered bus has set a speed record for a regular service bus with a top speed of 76.8 miles per hour (123.5kph). The vehicle is called the ‘Bus Hound’ (a tongue-in-cheek homage to supersonic Bloodhound SSC) and it’s powered by biomethane derived from cow manure. Operated by Reading Buses, the Bus Hound is decorated with a black and white skin reminiscent of the Friesian cows used for milk production around Britain, and it’s said to sound like a Vulcan bomber.
The ‘Bus Hound’ has broken the land speed record for a regular service bus as it was being tested at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. This is a great achievement as its oil-eating counterparts typically max out only 56 miles per hour.
The innovative vehicle runs on biomethane produced by the anaerobic digestion of cow poo in a bioreactor. After the methane is compressed and liquified it is stored in a series of tanks fixed to the inside of the bus’s roof.
If you find poo-power interesting, check out this other bus, also from the UK, powered by human-poo.