Japanese Toilet Maker Shows Poop-Powered Motorcycle

Toilet maker Toto is publicizing what it claims is the first vehicle powered by animal waste.

by / August 30, 2012
Illustration by Tom McKeith

In a case of truth being stranger than fiction, Japanese toilet maker Toto is showing off a poop-powered motorbike. The three-wheeled motorbike has a toilet in place of a regular seat and can travel up to 180 miles on a single tank of animal waste. The presence of the toilet in the bike's design is solely for marketing purposes, however.

"The biogas it uses as fuel is not made from human waste,” Kenji Fujita, a company spokesman, told reporters in a Tokyo suburb, reported Phys.org. “It's made from livestock waste and sewage."We hope to raise awareness among customers about our green campaign through development of environmentally friendly products such as water-saving showerheads and water-saving toilets."

Last fall the company took its Toilet Bike Neo on a 650-mile journey from Kokura to Japan.

Toto, which holds the Guinness World Record for the world's most sophisticated toilet, stated that it has no plans to bring the motorcycle to market. Here's a short commercial from Toto about the bike.

Illustration: Tom McKeith