Prince Charles’ car looks a lot like a fancy dinner party: it rolls with wine and cheese.
The Aston Martin given to him by Queen Elizabeth II on her 21st birthday uses a combination of English white wine and cheese whey, the prince told the BBC in an interview on Monday.
The car, which Charles says has been driving for more than 50 years, underwent a conversion in 2008 to change its fuel source to bioethanol made from wine and cheese.
The prince asked Aston Martin himself to make the switch, but the request was initially met with some skepticism, he said.
âAston engineers said, ‘Oh, that’s gonna screw it up,'” Charles told The Telegraph in 2018. “I said, ‘Well, I won’t be driving it then,’ so they went on and now they admit that it works better and is more powerful with this fuel than with gasoline.
âAnd also, it smells good while you are driving,â he added.
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The bioethanol that enters the car is a renewable energy source created by fermenting the sugar and starch components of plant byproducts, which can be achieved using wine and cheese, Euronews reported.
Charles’s car was a brief topic of discussion in a large environment and climate change interview Monday with the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt.
The 72-year-old heir to the throne has said world leaders need to do more than ‘just talk’ when they meet in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, from the end of this month for a United Nations climate summit, known as COP26.
Charles said leaders should take note of the desperation many young people feel about their futures, adding that he understands the “frustration” of climate campaign groups such as Extinction Rebellion who have staged protests and blocked roads .
âThe difficulty is how to manage this frustration in a way that is more constructive than destructive,â he said.
The summit, which is scheduled from October 31 to November 31. 12, is touted by many environmentalists as the world’s last chance to reverse the battle against climate change.
Charles is due to attend a series of events at COP26, alongside 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.
Contribution: Pan Pylas, Associated Press
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