Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales has revealed that his Aston Martin car now runs on wine and cheese.
In a new interview with the BBC, explained how he had his classic blue 1970 Aston Martin which was gifted to him by the Queen for his 21st birthday in 1969, converted so it runs on “surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process”.
The car now runs on a fuel called E85, which is made up of 85 per cent bioethanol and 15 per cent unleaded petrol. By blending petrol with ethanol, motorists don’t need as much fossil fuel, which reduces carbon emissions and allows the vehicle to run ‘cleaner’.
In a 2020 interview with The Telegraph, Prince Charles said he insisted Aston Martin engineers find him an alternate fuel source, a demand he said was initially met with some pushback.
“The engineers at Aston said, ‘Oh, it’ll ruin the whole thing,’” he said, according to the publication.
“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,” he added.
Insider reported that the prince’s Aston Martin is not the only royal mode of transport he’s managed to convert. In the same interview with the Telegraph, he revealed that he’d battled to have the royal train changed to run on used cooking oil.
The prince acknowledged 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 told BBC 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 prince admitted that low carbon travel remains a big challenge. He 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.
But he believed 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. “It’s a pinprick.”