Find by category:

Exhaust Notes

Motorbike by Japanese Toilet Company Runs on Waste

While the seat of the Toilet Bike Neo is a gimmick, the prototype trike is powered by animal poo.

By Douglas Newcomb Aug 31, 2012 7:25AM

Toilet Trike Neo. Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Koji Sasahara.We suspect that the recent introduction of the Toilet Bike Neo to be a little (pardon the pun) tongue in cheek. After all, the 250cc 3-wheeled motorcycle with a porcelain throne for a seat comes from the Japanese toilet maker Toto, but the company claims the prototype trike is powered by poo.


Fortunately, it doesn’t require the owner’s personal input for power, although it does in fact run on biogas fuel consisting of fertilized, purified and compressed livestock waste, as well as household wastewater provided by the cities of Kobe and Shikaoi.

Potty talk aside, Toto has been developing the poop-cycle since 2009, and the company could be at the forefront of a clean-vehicle initiative in Japan as well as the U.S.

The U.S. Energy Department's Biofuels Initiative is working to make biomass fuels competitive in cost with gasoline and to replace 30 percent of the current level of gasoline consumption with biofuels by 2030. Given the Obama administration mandate announced this week that automakers must achieve a fleetwide average of 54.5 mpg for new cars and trucks by model year 2025, having poo-powered vehicles on the road soon may not seem so full-moon crazy.

Toilet Bike Neo. Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Koji Sasahara.

[Source: Autoblog]

Sep 5, 2012 6:48PM
A Japanese vehicle that's full of crap? You don't say! I bet those exhaust fumes aren't exactly eco-friendly either!
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
MSN Money


Cars are cool, and here at MSN Autos we love everything about them, but we also know they're more than simply speed and style: a car is an essential tool, a much-needed accessory to help you get through your day-to-day life. What you drive is also one of the most important investments you can make, so we'll help you navigate your way through the car buying and ownership experiences. We strive to be your daily destination for news, notes, tips and tricks from across the automotive world. So whether it's through original content from our world-class journalists or the latest buzz from the far corners of the Web, Exhaust Notes helps you make sense of your automotive world.

Have a story idea? Tip us off at