On 1st April 2018, MG Motor UK announced a new engine development programme to power its cars by alpaca waste in a move that will be a world first.
The innovative decision comes as part of a global-wide push within the motoring industry to run cars using sustainable energy sources and help reduce vehicle emissions. MG hopes that the results from the alpaca-powered vehicle trials on its compact SUV will help revolutionise the industry and encourage the adoption by the mass market.
Technical engineers at MG have been researching the potential for using alpaca waste as a power source for several years. The revolutionary new fuel is produced using a process known as anaerobic digestion, during which microorganisms break down biodegradable material to produce pellets that can be used to power car engines.
Alpaca droppings has been specifically chosen as they do not need to be aged before they can be transformed into a useable fuel.
Commenting on the new trials, Daniel Gregorious, Head of Sales & Marketing at MG Motor UK, said: “We have launched a pilot programme in the UK with the Faerie Tale alpaca farm in Kenilworth and the initial results are very impressive. We look forward to the day when people resign horsepower to the history books and refer to alpaca power. It really packs a punch.”