Coffee powered Car-puccino

We can only imagine how amazing this coffee burning car smells at it speeds down the highway at a maximum of 60mph. Don’t jump out of your seat so quick to get your own, while the idea sounds fantastic, the mileage will bring you back to earth rather quick. At 3 miles per kilo of coffee, it can turn that £36 210 mile trip into one between £910 and £1,820 with a stop to re-bean-fill every half hour!

Still, the Car-puccino is an amazing conversion, and we’re getting closer and closer to Back to the Future’s Mr. Fusion

[Thanks Tim]

44 thoughts on “Coffee powered Car-puccino

  1. Technically this is just a very inefficient coal powered car, since the coffee is gasified by a 700C charcoal furnace in the trunk.

  2. Nothing new, they used that kind of cars during WW2 all over Sweden. They can run on wood too… and smell like hell.

  3. Since you can use the grounds AFTER they been used to make coffee (i.e. used grounds – dried) the cost should be next to nothing (like used fryer oil)

  4. @NatureTM

    ….Fail.

    a coffee maker inside a car would have been a more useful hack. perfect for those treks to VT x_x

  5. there’s alot of nitrogen in coffeegrounds. is that even necessary to the function of this car, or is it dependent on plant-oils..?
    i think you’re better off planting Jatropha.
    i wanted to plant coffee trees at one time, until i read that they take like 40 years to fully mature and start producing beans.
    but if you can modify a vehicle to run on kudzu.. come to Mississippi, and take all the fucking kudzu you want. that shit is free, and it could terraform Mars. someone should drop some kudzubeans wherever they found water on the moon, see if it will grow in that lack of atmosphere.

  6. @Hirudinea, you got’s yourself a yellow onion? Back during the war…

    …That said, haven’t there been a shitton and a half of gasifier of late? I’ll admit this one is novel, but still…

  7. @jim
    there’s even a fan site for it’s stupidity:

    http://ifyoulikeitsomuchwhydontyougolivethere.com/

    I’m pretty sure Coffee is one of the highest yielding cash-per-square-foot crops around (legal ones), so this is the worst possible cost-per-mile for something that can basically take any organic junk. Like building everything in gold and then complaining how expensive it was.

  8. This is just sad.

    If you imagine how much manual work it takes to produce a kilogramm of coffee beans, the creators of this car are just ridiculing the poor low-wage workers harvesting the coffee.

    Please stop using this car. Put in a museum as an example of most stupidiest things mankind ever made.

  9. Wouldn’t it make much more sense to process the coffee at a static site and then use the gas to power the car? You don’t see people trying to run their cars off crude oil.

  10. I just saw this car on a street in Manchester just behind the Metropolitan University. It smells terrible! But looks great

  11. It runs on Coffee GRINDS which are a waste product, not coffee BEANS which arn’t. Coffee grinds get thrown in landfill by the ton and this is an ingenious method of power production from something that is normally thrown away.

  12. I Built this car and it runs on used coffee using new would be stupid. The Daily Mail published a lot of crap about this car. also it uses no charcoal at all the coffee burns buy its self.

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