PRINCE Charles is well known for both his love of cars and of the environment, so it makes sense that he should combine the two. The Royal famously converted his classic Aston Martin DB6 Volante to an alternative fuel source back in 2008 - and impressed motoring enthusiasts by running it on wine. But does his 48-year-old motor actually run purely on fermented grape juice, or is there a little more to it? In the recent documentary to mark his birthday, Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, the eco-advocate revealed how it all came about. Having owned the car since he was 21, Charles started pushing Aston Martin to find a fuel source other than petrol to run his classic two-door. And the Royal was so determined to switch to a low-emission power that he even threatened to stop driving the car unless the manufacturer came up with a solution. He said: "They discovered they could run it on surplus English white wine, but also I hadn’t realized that they had mixed whey into it too. … [Read more...] about Did Prince Charles really convert his Aston Martin DB6 to run on WINE? The Royal reveals the truth about his eco-friendly motor
Ethanol e85 fuel
Most cars run on petrol or diesel. Our favourite fossil fuels are cheap, convenient, relatively easy to store and transport, and readily available on every road and in every town across the developed world. But these aren’t the only fuels that will power an internal combustion engine. With a few modifications, you can run a petrol or diesel car on biofuels, wood, LPG, heating oil, or even second-hand cooking fat. You can power a car with pretty much anything. In addition to the growing number of battery-electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell cars on the road, there are plenty of good old-fashioned internal combustion engines running on something other than pure fossil fuels. The most common additive is bioethanol, which is routinely blended with unleaded petrol in small quantities for sale on forecourts around the country. But some people go one step further, and modify their cars to accept an increased amount of ethanol in their fuel mixture. Everybody … [Read more...] about Did Prince Charles really modify his Aston Martin to run on wine – and should we do the same?
FROM next week, a new fuel labelling system will be phased in at petrol stations across Spain. The European Union system will not be based on the octane rating, but will consist of letters and numbers framed in squares, circles or diamonds, depending on whether it is petrol, diesel or gas. The aim is to make it easier to buy fuel when travelling abroad, as the new system will be implemented in all member states, as well as Iceland, Turkey, Serbia, Norway, Switzerland, Macedonia and Liechtenstein. -- Advertisement -- But it is predominantly driven by the EU’s wish to reduce dependency on Arab oil producing countries, and being to extend the use of alternatives that reduce CO2 emissions. Under the new scheme, petrol will be displayed using a circle, the letter E will be used to indicate its content of ethanol, together with the percentage content of the substance. As such, there will be petrol E5, currently known as 95, E10 (98) and E85. With diesel, the B relates to the content … [Read more...] about NEW petrol pump labelling system to be implemented across Europe THIS WEEK