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Britain's royal family may not have the power to legislate any new initiatives, green or otherwise, but the heads of state still wield influence over public opinion and have taken up the cause of environmentally-conscious motoring. Following the lead of her son and heir Charles, the Prince of Wales – who had his Aston Martin converted to run on old wine and his Range Rover, Jaguar and Audi to run on discarded cooking oil – Queen Elizabeth II is having her bespoke Bentley limos converted to run on bio-fuels.

The Bentley State Limousine is based on the Arnage, but custom-crafted in-house by the company's Mulliner coachbuilding division. Only two were ever made, at a reported cost of over $14 million a piece, one of which was presented as a gift to Her Majesty upon her Golden Jubilee in 2002, while the second was commissioned by the crown as a back-up. The four-ton armored vehicles, continuously maintained by Bentley, are powered by the company's perennial 6.75-liter V8 producing 400 horsepower, and will be converted to run on bio-fuel. Bentley says the royal family are big supporters of Crewe's initiative to switch to bio-fuels, as Bentley aims to offer all its models with flex-fuel capacity by 2012.


[Source: The Daily Mail via Luxist]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      is it bio-ethanol the queen's pumping while she squeezies the glass, or is her majesty running oil burners in her carriages now?
      • 6 Years Ago
      interesting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just a comment - The Queen is still the head of state for the UK, as well as Canada and many other Commonwealth nations. She, or her representative, occupy the executive branch of the government and legally, she could introduce and approve her own legislation without anyone saying anything - However, that would go against centuries of custom and surly result in some changes to some constitutions... I'm jsut saying, she could if she wanted to ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      What no royal Prius? No Fiat 500 for the Prince? Are they REALLY trying to help the environment?

      I jest of course.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Soylent bio-fuel is made from people!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, that car must be HUGE. Look at the driver standing next to it, he looks so tiny.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $14 million ? Isn't that a typo? Not even the U.S. president's limo costs as much!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was about to throw a mini tantrum, and start ranting about the economic crisis and how important alternative fuels and fuel efficient cars are in such troubled times. I was then gonna say that at the rate things are going, I might have to convert my Mercedes S550 to run on bio-fuel, or trade it in for a regular econobox...

      Then I realized that I'm only drunk, and I don't drive an S550... & I'm not Flashpoint...

      My last post of '08. Happy New Year guys. ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      thats a big car for a small women...
      its so darn high!!!!
      and ugly...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dowdy-looking, just like Her Majesty.
      • 6 Years Ago

      I like the earlier royal Daimlers better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why must the roof be so high? That's the main killer for the aesthetics of this car.
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