Barfoots turns vegetable waste into vehicle power

Specialist vegetable supplier Barfoots has become the first company to use crop waste to power its fleet of electric vehicles.

Image: Barfoots
Image: Barfoots

At its anaerobic digester plant in Chichester, West Sussex, waste such as sweetcorn husks and vegetable out-grades are used to generate electricity to power the premises and now also its "green" vehicles, actually coloured yellow, across its sites in Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

Technical director and head of sustainability Keston Williams said: "Green energy production is central to our carbon reduction programme, as is recapturing heat, recycling water and reducing our synthetic fertiliser usage."

French car manufacturer Renault has been working with the company on the project, and its Kangoo ZE van and Zoe ZE car will be the first to be powered in this way. They have a range of around 100 miles.

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