Sir Stirling Moss gives HRH Prince Charles some last minute driving advice before he samples Saab's top-of-the-range BioPower convertible at the Revolve Eco-Rally launch event.
At present, Saab is the first and only car company in the UK to offer an alternative-fuel engine in every model in its line-up. Their BioPower range currently uses either stratight petrol, or up to a blend containing up to 85% bioethanol (where available). This fuel is currently sourced from sugarcane or other crops that are not suitable to be grown in cleared rainforest areas. His Royal Highness is also very interested in the ability to produce bioethanol using agricultural surplus including wine. As it's a liquid and not a gas, it can be transported using the existing refuelling infrastructure.
GM (Saab's parent company) and The Linde Group, both of whom took part in the 2007 Eco-Rally, are key players in the development of second-generation bioefuels. This development will avoid the food vs fuel issue and further reduce carbon emissions. 100% renewable raw materials such as surplus grain, wood chips, and even household waste - will provide locally-produced fuel, transported over shorter distances.
More info at: www.eco-rally.org