He is deeply concerned about the effects of global warming and has launched numerous initiatives to promote sustainable living. The Duke of Cornwall is not only a man of words, but also a man of action, when it comes to saving the planet. He has pioneered a unique bio-diesel for his Aston Martin car, which has produced quite stunning performance results.
The Prince of Wales revealed earlier this week that his Aston Martin runs on “surplus English white wine” and “whey” from the dairy industry.
During a visit to a BMW plant in Oxford that is producing electric Mini cars, Charles told workers: “And for all its worth I have been running my 51-year-old Aston Martin on surplus English white wine, and whey from the dairy industry, for quite some time.”
He added: “The Aston Martin engineers have had to admit that, much to their surprise, it runs better on that fuel than it did on petrol!”
Charles said that his pioneering work on car fuel had been inspired by his late father, Prince Philip.
He shared with his audience that the Duke of Edinburgh had driven an electric vehicle based on the Bedford Lucas CV as early as 1981.
Philip also used to drive around London in an “eco-friendly liquid petroleum gas-powered Metrocab”.
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The firm told him that they could supply waste-derived bio-ethanol produced from a combination of wine unsuitable for human consumption, and whey, a by-product of cheese manufacturing.
The fuel is blended as “E85” by adding 15 percent unleaded petrol, its higher-octane levels making the car more powerful.
The Prince of Wales told Aston Martin magazine: “At first, the engineers weren’t convinced that the conversion would work, but I insisted that it would.”