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Britain’s royals are a pretty forward-thinking bunch. Take Prince Charles – he’s planning a whole eco-village that will feature electric car charging infrastructure as a key element.
The eco-village, called Knockroon in East Ayrshire, Scotland, will consist of 700 homes to be built over 15 years. It will set out to prove that electric and hybrid vehicles work in rural communities, and the development will pre-install EV chargers in every home. And when you move into your new home in Knockroon, you’ll be automatically signed up for a diesel or hybrid car sharing program.
Located 40 miles from Glasgow and 90 miles from Edinburgh, Knockroonians can make it to either of the big cities on a single charge if they were driving a Nissan LEAF. But just in case, Prince Charles is planning to install a car charging station halfway between the Knockroon and Edinburgh.
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Prince William chose an environmentally friendly way to show off his new bride by leaving Buckingham Palace in his father’s vintage Aston Martin DB6 MK II.
While Prince Charles is a noted gearhead, he’s also extremely passionate about environmental causes, and has had the Aston retrofitted to run on E85 made from “wine wastage”. Prince Charles has owned the car since 1969, but is also known to drive an Audi A8 and an Audi Allroad station wagon.
Prince Charles is shutting down The Mall in London to display environmentally friendly vehicles for 10 days in September. The Prince is not only a keen environmentalist but a collector of Aston Martins and other sports cars, and the nexus of both conservation and automobiles is an appropriate area of interest for him.
The Prince of Wales’ Start Festival, as the event is called, will kick off on September 5th with a race between Charles’ train (which runs on biodiesel) and a fleet of green vehicles, which will take them from Glasgow to London. The Fesitval will celebrate more than just cars, as all kinds of green products will be featured alongside the auto exhibit.
Entry to the Start Festival will cost £15, but the car display will be free on September 12th. The Festival runs until September 15th.