The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles has revealed that his Aston Martin car now runs on wine and cheese.
He made this known in a new interview with the BBC on Monday 11th October 2021 while speaking about the environment and climate change.
He explained how he had his classic blue 1970 Aston Martin, which was gifted to him by Queen Elizabeth II, for his 21st birthday in 1969, and which was converted and now runs on “surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process”.
According to Prince Charles, the Aston Martin car, which he has driven for more than 50 years, underwent a conversion in 2008 to change its fuel source to bioethanol made from wine and cheese.
The bioethanol that goes into the car is a renewable energy source created by fermenting the sugar and starch components of plant byproducts, which can be accomplished using wine and cheese.
In an interview with The Telegraph in 2020, the prince said he asked Aston Martin Engineers to make the change and find him an alternate fuel source but the request was initially met with some uncertainty.
“The engineers at Aston said, ‘Oh, it’ll ruin the whole thing,’” he said
“I said, ‘Well I won’t drive it then,’ so they got on with it and now they admit that it runs better and is more powerful on that fuel than it is on petrol,” Prince Charles added.
“And also, it smells delicious as you’re driving along,” he said.
Prince Charles’ Aston Martin is not the only royal mode of transport he has managed to convert. He also revealed that he had battled to have the royal train changed to run on used cooking oil.
The prince admitted how difficult it was for most people to reduce their carbon footprint. He said he had changed his diet to reduce his impact on the environment and urged others to do the same.
He also explained to the BBC that he now doesn’t eat meat and fish on two days each week and doesn’t eat any dairy products on another day.
“If more people did that it would reduce a lot of the pressure on the environment,” he said.
The 72-year-old heir to the British throne mentioned that low-carbon travel remains a big challenge.
He further said he hoped flying would become easier and more sustainable when new bio-fuels, using carbon captured from the air with sustainably sourced hydrogen, become available.
Prince Charles of Wales said he believed that systemic change was necessary to bring about the transformation of transportation and other industries that would be required to drive down emissions.
“No one person can solve the problem,” he told BBC.
The summit, which is scheduled to hold from 31st October to 12th November 2021 is being scheduled by many environmentalists as the world’s last chance to turn the battle against climate change around.
Prince Charles is expected to attend a series of events at COP26, together with some other big names in the royal family including his mother, as well as his eldest son Prince William and William’s wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Story: Osen Attah
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