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Bioethanol distilled from wine to fuel Prince Charles' Aston Martin DB6
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2 July 2008

Prince Charles has converted his vintage Aston Martin DB6 to run on bioethanol distilled from surplus British wine.

Eco-friendly Charles was given the Aston by the Queen on his 21st birthday. It only clocks up 300 miles per year and averages ten miles a gallon - that’s roughly five bottles of wine per mile.

The biofuel costs £1.10 a litre, but its net output of CO2 is considerably less than normal petrol as the gas is absorbed during the growing process of the vines.

A wine surplus exists because vineyard owners can’t bottle more than their EU quota, so they sell it to Green Fuels of Gloucester to convert to bioethanol.

Converting the Aston is just one of a raft of measures that Prince Charles is taking in an effort to reduce the Royal Family’s carbon footprint.

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A R Chen 4 July 2008

Re: Royal Aston to run on wine

NiallOswald wrote:

GD wrote:

A R Chen wrote:
Hope the bioethanol was distilled from burgundy to match the color of the car.

Sorry to disappoint but the photograph was not of the Prince's car. His is a blue soft top. Err, don't know which grape variety would produce blue wine.

Maybe he could run it on 'the blue nun'?

I think that all 3 of us need to discuss this over a bottle or Cabernet Sauvignon!
NiallOswald 2 July 2008

Re: Royal Aston to run on wine

GD wrote:

A R Chen wrote:
Hope the bioethanol was distilled from burgundy to match the color of the car.

Sorry to disappoint but the photograph was not of the Prince's car. His is a blue soft top. Err, don't know which grape variety would produce blue wine.

Maybe he could run it on 'the blue nun'?

jackjflash 2 July 2008

Re: Royal Aston to run on wine

You know the French had their revolution; better late than never I say…get started.