Saab biofuel gets royal approval

The Prince of Wales has given Saab’s BioPower initiative "the green light", getting behind the wheel of the UK’s first eco-friendly convertible in the process, according to the manufacturer.

Prince Charles met with Jonathan Nash, managing director of Saab Great Britain, ahead of today’s Brighton to London car rally.

The prince has a keen interest in environmental issues and had a number of questions for Mr Nash regarding his company’s efforts to reduce its vehicles’ ecological impact, according to Saab.

Some of the automaker’s cars can run on bioethanol E85, which is described as an "eco-friendly yet potent fuel source", and the prince appeared interested in hearing more about Saab’s fuel technologies.

Prince Charles reportedly runs some of his own vehicle on biofuels.

Saab states that its bioethanol E85 does not raise atmospheric gas levels as the plants used to produce the fuel absorb CO2 during their growth. The manufacturer claims to be the only major manufacturer in the UK to offer an alternative fuel engine in every car in its range.

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