Adventurers on a Journey Across Europe in Chocolate-powered Lorry

by Medindia Content Team on November 24, 2007 at 7:29 PM
Adventurers on a Journey Across Europe in Chocolate-powered Lorry

A pair of British adventurers has begun a journey across Europe and west Africa in a Ford Iveco Cargo lorry, powered by a fuel made from waste chocolate.

Andy Pag, 34, from London, and 39-year-old John Grimshaw, from Poole, will drive more than 4,500 miles to Timbuktu, in Mali, in a bid to raise public awareness about biofuels and the role they can play in reducing the impact of climate change.


Their vehicles will run on a fuel created by Lancashire-based biodiesel producers Ecotech, who have developed a process to turn waste chocolate into car fuel.

The two men are to take a small processing unit with them on the trip, expected to take three weeks, to convert waste oil products into fuel.

They are taking 2,000 litres of bio-diesel made from 4,000 kilograms of chocolate misshapes, the equivalent of 80,000 chocolate bars, to fuel their adventure.

They will drive across France and Spain and then catch another ferry to Morocco, following which they will cross the country to Mauritania. From there, they will drive through the Sahara to Timbuktu.

To traverse the shifting desert sands and the pot-holed roads in Mali, Pag and Grimshaw will drive two converted 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers, which are carried in the main lorry.

Timbuktu was picked as the destination because it is already feeling the effects of climate change, Pag said.

"Timbuktu is renowned as being the back of beyond, the furthest place away that you can possibly imagine. If we can make it there with biofuel, there is no reason why motorists can't use it on the school run or their commute to work," the Independent quoted him, as saying.

Pag said he hoped the trip would make more people realise that ordinary diesel cars can run on biodiesel without any adaptations.

"I have made many expeditions and visited these amazing landscapes but to get there I have contributed to their destruction by driving a guzzling diesel engine. I wanted to do something that is carbon neutral. What we have actually done is carbon negative," he said.

The pair will deliver a biodiesel processing unit to MFC, a Malian charity, which will allow biodiesel to be produced locally from used cooking oil.

Pag and Grimshaw hope to complete their journey shortly before Christmas and will remain in Mali for the festive season.

Source: IANS
Font : A-A+



Latest Environmental Health

 COP28 Bats for Importance of Health Amid Climate Change
COP28 along with WHO announced 'COP28 UAE Declaration on Climate and Health' to protect people's health from the impending climate change.
Is Climate Change Impacting Brain Function?
The latest study underscores the significant influence that an individual's environment can exert on their brain.
How Soap Help Combat Malaria-Spreading Mosquitos?
The efficiency of pesticides was improved by adding small amounts of liquid soap, that tackles malaria-spreading mosquitos resistant to current pesticides.
Climate Change Drives Bat Expansion and Rabies Risk in the US
A new study links vampire bats' range expansion to climate shifts and potential implications for rabies transmission.
How Rush-Hour Air Pollution Raises Blood Pressure?
There are high amounts of ultrafine particles in unfiltered rush-hour air, which significantly elevates the blood pressure of the passengers.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Adventurers on a Journey Across Europe in Chocolate-powered Lorry Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests