UK’s Poo-Bus Brakes Speed Record, Proves Green Is the New Black

Bus Hound 1 photo
Photo: Reading Busses
Public transportation is seen as a slow, dirty and smelly way of commuting by some. However, we all know that sharing a ride to work saves a lot of fuel, money and, most of all, helps the environment. Based on the same principle, more and more companies are trying to use carbon neutral fuels to make things even better.
The company making sure people of Reading, Berkshire get to work has set a land speed record for a regular bus the other day. However, the catch is not just the speed, which was 76.785 mph (12.57 km/h), but the fuel powering the vehicle’s engine. The bus has a cow print front and a tagline on the side that reads “watch me become the fastest bust in the world”.

Reading Busses named it Bus Hound, which is an homage to the Bloodhound SSC team who are attempting to break the actual land speed record at 1,000 mph. It may be named different, but the cow wrap comes for a reason. The new livery reflects the fact that the gas running it originates from farm waste product. Cow poo in other words.

Aside from their race track fun time at Bedford’s Millbrook Proving Ground, where the team set the record, there is, in fact, a serious side to the endeavor. They are trying to help promote the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a viable fuel and biomethane in particular. According to Reading Busses, the fuel comes from Gas Vehicle Alliance and is certified carbon neutral due to the method of production and collection.

Now, if there would only be a way for buses to travel faster than they do on a daily basis too…
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