Speaking to BBC before the U.N. climate summit this month, Prince Charles talked about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint. Solar panels and electric cars are one way of doing so, but he has another. Interestingly enough, he modified his car of 51 years. Now, his Aston Martin runs on “surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process.”
To be more specific, it runs on a biofuel called E85, which means it’s 85 percent bioethanol and 15 percent unleaded gas. Bioethanol can be gained from a number of different sources. However, his car is a bit of a double-edged sword. While it’s more sustainable, it uses biomass for its fuel. This means an increased need for biofuel crops which means more forestland demand.
In fact, some believe this demand is so substantial it actually hurts more than it helps. Speaking to the Guardian, a director at a European clean transport group gave his thoughts. “On a large scale biofuels do more harm than good, driving deforestation and land use change that worsens the climate crisis,” director Greg Archer told the outlet. He also advises people not to think it’s “a serious solution to decarbonize vehicles.”
Regardless of how beneficial it is, one can’t deny how creative it is having a car fueled by wine and cheese.
Americans Are Slowly Switching From Gas Law Care Tools to Electric
While we haven’t seen any wine and cheese lawn care tools yet, Americans are still switching from traditional gas ones. It appears electric lawn care tools may slowly overtake their gas-powered counterparts.
The Associated Press recently reported Americans are slowly making going electric with yard maintenance. Jared Anderman of Croton-on-Hudson, New York reported the switch for a number of reasons. “I’m concerned about climate change and wanted tools that are more eco-friendly, and also quieter. I like listening to music when I do yard work and this way I can enjoy music or a podcast while I work,” he said. “I could never do that with gas-powered equipment.”
Additionally, he says the biggest advantage comes from maintenance. Gas mowers, for example, require regular maintenance and even that might not be enough. With electric ones, all he has to worry about is “keeping the batteries charged.”
Speaking of batteries, added power has made them more viable than they previously were. Kurt Morrell, associate vice president for horticulture operations at the New York Botanical Garden told the Associated Press about how the only thing now is to spread the word. “Batteries have changed a lot in the past year alone, and we are there in terms of technology. Now it’s just a matter of getting the word out to professionals and consumers.”
Good for the environment and avoiding a headache from maintenance. Truly a win-win.