Qld company launches Australia’s first poo-powered SUV
Queensland sewerage treatment company Urban Utilities has unveiled Australia’s first electric ‘S-Poo-V’, fueled by electricity generated by human waste.
Aptly named ‘Number 2’, the new vehicle – a Hyundai Kona Electric – is the second vehicle to join the Urban Utilities line up, following the introduction of a Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (i-MiEV) in 2017.
“Number 2 is not your average SUV – it’s a S-Poo-V, with a giant poo emoji emblazoned on the side so there’s no guessing what’s powering it,” said Urban Utilities Spokesperson, Anna Hartley. “On average, one person’s daily habits can generate enough electricity to make the car travel around 450 metres.”
The firm says that power used to charge the vehicle was produced when biogas from sewerage treatment was fed into a cogeneration unit at the Oxley wastewater treatment plant in Brisbane. 150,000 litres of sewerage powers a full charge of the car, with a driving range of up to 450 kilometres.
“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,” Ms Hartley continued.
The company estimated that turning poo into power was saving Urban Utilities around $1.7 million a year in operating costs.
“Last financial year, we produced enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4,000 homes for an entire year.”
“Poo power doesn’t only keep our cars on the road, it also helps us run our two largest wastewater treatment plants at Oxley and Luggage Point. By harnessing the power of poo, we’re reducing our operating costs and helping the environment by using a more sustainable energy source, so it’s a win/win.”
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27 May 2021