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Prince Charles is not new to the environmental debate. His blue, 38-year-old Aston Martin, however, has had nothing to do with being environmentally friendly. Until now. The car, a gift from the Queen on Charles' 21st birthday, has joined the growing fleet of cars that run on bioethanol, having been converted to run on surplus British wine.

The wine comes from an English vineyard in Wiltshire, and the EU limits how much wine a vineyard can produce, so the vineyard sells the overage to Green Fuels, which turns it into biofuels and supplies it to the Palace.

The Aston can go ten miles on a gallon of gas, which would equate to 45 bottles of wine to go the same distance. The wine, though, puts out 85-percent less CO2 and costs £1.10 per liter, which is slightly less than the cost of gas. However, Charles only goes 300 miles in the car every year, and it's not like he's worried about gas prices, so the car won't make a difference by itself -- but he's got his royal heart in the right place.

[Source: Daily Mail]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Look at those shades! This guy is pure baller.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Huh. You think the fine folks at Anheuser-Busch or Miller might have any excess beer lying around?

      Can you see the ad for that? "Hi, I'm Kasey Kahne, and Budweiser's not just my sponsor. They're also my new fuel source!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe the Prince should ride one of his horses. My neighbor has horses that are more beautiful than all the horses in England put togetherr. They are redish brown and glisten in the sun
      changine sades as they walk like red velvet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is cool in the sense of something you own that's unique, and also if there is a surplus then they are using that efficiently. As opposed to simply wasting gas we should all try something unique.

        • 6 Years Ago
        The wine (8,000 excess liters) was purchased for ONE PENNY a Liter and boiled down.
        One wonders what energy sources was used to achieve this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My big question:

      Why does the EU limit winery production?? Are they worried the populace will get drunk??
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because it's the EU.

        • 6 Years Ago
        For the same reason the US pays crop owners to not produce crops. :) (To control the supply.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        For the same reason OPEC controls oil production.....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Probably to control supply, demand and price. Everything is about money.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...and Protectionism would prohibit said foreign competitor from introcuding their wine to compete for sales in the Frog market place...usually via super-high tarrif.

        Got all that!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I also was curious about that EU restriction.
        Yet another reason to shoot down the NAU!
        • 6 Years Ago
        no matt,

        Socialism would be letting each citizen have a certain amount of that wine for free each year.

        Communism would make sure that all of the wine went to all of the people all of the time - albeit through government apparatchiks (heh! heh! comrade!).

        Capitalism would artificially restrict the supply to keep up the price, while being susceptible to lower priced competitors from outside (non-French) sources.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That gives new meaning to the term, "two buck chuck."
        • 6 Years Ago
        Brilliant comment!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Romans introduced wine making to Britain, it flourished in the medieval warm period and then disappeared in the little ice age between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries. Now that we are having more medieval weather again there are a number of vineyards springing up in southern England, and some of them produce very good wine. White though, it isn't THAT hot yet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not sure I'm impressed by anything the worlds largest welfare queen does. How many castles and jets does this moron have? And we think environmental lectures from hollywood are annoying.

      Its amazing to believe these goons are still given this much privilege all because they fell out of the right crotch.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, Europe has restrictions on how much wine one came make? That is a joke!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's called capitalism. They just want to control the supply side to keep the prices in check. The US does the exact same thing with farming!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Vin Anglais? What else could one possibly do with it? Oh yes, they might sell it to Americans.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah, no good wine comes from America. Napa Valley has never produced anything good. Americans are stupid Europe is the best ever yeah.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wonder how it would run on md20/20
      • 6 Years Ago
      i can just imagine this conversation in the palace:

      british energy minister: "your highness, petrol is more expensive than ever!"

      prince charles: "let them drive wine!"
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