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Zac, the Prince, and the eco-cars

Rosalie Portman

6th June, 2007

On Monday, Zac Goldsmith and Prince Charles test drove a series of environmentally friendly vehicles at an event arranged by Revolve, a charity which promotes sustainable transport.

Ecologist photographer Rosalie Portman was there to get an angle on green cars...

'Why do I get the flowery one?!'

HRH Prince Charles steps into a sleek looking hydrogen fuel cell Ford, which features a battery back-up to provide extra thrust much like a Toyota Prius, whilst Zac Goldsmith gets the keys to colourful looking Honda Civic Hybrid, capable of 49 miles to the gallon during city motoring.

'How do you turn it on, then?'

Prince Charles gets behind the wheel of the Saab BioPower flex-fuel car. This model is able to run on a blend of ethanol and petrol at any ratio up to 85 per cent ethanol. Unfortunately, despite the good looks, it only achieves 24 miles per gallon during city driving, and its emissions are some 80 grams per kilometre above what the EU says will be legal by 2012.

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