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Published on January 2nd, 2009 | by Jennifer Lance

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British Queen Elizabeth II Converts $15 Million Bentleys to Biofuel


The Queen converts her Bentleys to biofuels

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The British Queen Elizabeth II has two state Bentleys, which according to the US Department of Energy gets nine MPG in the city and uses 31.1 barrels of petroleum a year. These royal $15 million gas guzzlers are being converted to bio-ethanol.

According to Jalopnik, the Queen is preempting Bentley’s move to biofuels:

Queen Elizabeth the II, who lives rent free in several state-owned mansions and castles — the poorly insulated kind that are a bitch to heat in the winter — travels by a state-owned private jet and requires a security detail that uses many fossil fuel powered cars, trucks, motorcycles and helicopters, has decided to do her bit for the environment. The biofuel conversion is estimated to increase the fuel economy of her two, scarcely used, Bentleys by a staggering 40%. How? By burning some of her tiny island nation’s food supply in place of gasoline. Bentley is expected to introduce a similar system for its range of luxury cars by 2012, allowing similarly well-heeled individuals to feel better about themselves while dining on imported fine foodstuffs.

Converting her Bentleys to biofuel is the least the Queen can do for the environment, and it follows in the heels of Prince Charles converting his Aston Martin to run on ethanol made from English wine.  The Bentley conversion will require changing the engines in the Queen’s limos. One of the Bentleys was a gift from the luxury car manufacturer, and the other was purchased so the Queen would be ensured there was always one on hand when she was traveling across the country. I wonder if the new bio-ethanol engines will also be a gift or will the Royal Family have to purchase them?

Bentley has responded to the Queen’s conversion positively:

We have a lot of support from the Royal Family for our biofuel strategy. It is something about which they all take a keen interest.  Bentley will introduce a new powertrain offering a 40 per cent fuel economy improvement by 2012. Also, by 2012, 100 per cent of the range will be compatible with renewable fuels, delivering significant savings in CO2 emissions.

Meanwhile, Bentley has had to cut production and lay off workers as the economic recession has curtailed global sales. Yea, our new Bentley was the first thing to go when we tightened our family’s purse strings.  I wonder if the British government will need to bail out the luxury car maker like the US has done for the auto industry.

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Jennifer lives on 160 acres off-the-grid in a home built with her own two hands (and several more skilled pairs of hands) from forest fire salvaged timber. Her home is powered by a micro-hydro turbine, and she has been a vegetarian for 21 years. Jennifer graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in art education and has been teaching art to children for over 16 years. She also spent five years teaching in a one-room schoolhouse before becoming the mother of two beautiful children. Jennifer has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently teaching preschool, as well as k-8 art. She enjoys writing, gardening, hiking, practicing yoga, and raising four akitas. Jennifer is the founder and editor of Eco Child's Play (http://ecochildsplay.com) "I’ve always been concerned about the earth and our impact upon it. Now that I have children, I feel compelled to raise them with green values. From organic gardening to alternative energy, my family tries to leave a small carbon footprint." Please visit my other blog: http://reallynatural.com



  • ChuckL

    Does anyone have any information on how the queen’s conversion to ethanol fuel will increase mileag by 40%, while every other car that is converted to ethanol loses mileage of up to 40% because of the lower specific energy of ethanol?

  • ChuckL

    Does anyone have any information on how the queen’s conversion to ethanol fuel will increase mileag by 40%, while every other car that is converted to ethanol loses mileage of up to 40% because of the lower specific energy of ethanol?

  • ChuckL

    Does anyone have any information on how the queen’s conversion to ethanol fuel will increase mileag by 40%, while every other car that is converted to ethanol loses mileage of up to 40% because of the lower specific energy of ethanol?

  • http://www.gmoafrica.org/category/biofuels James

    This is very encouraging. I know there will be a debate on the impact this, and other efforts to shift to biofuels, will have on global food supply. To allay any fear that more use of biofuels could potentially stymie efforts to ensure global food sustainability, the world should consider experimenting on cellulosic ethanol, which doesn’t necessarily rely on food crops.

  • http://www.gmoafrica.org/category/biofuels James

    This is very encouraging. I know there will be a debate on the impact this, and other efforts to shift to biofuels, will have on global food supply. To allay any fear that more use of biofuels could potentially stymie efforts to ensure global food sustainability, the world should consider experimenting on cellulosic ethanol, which doesn’t necessarily rely on food crops.

  • Mark in Texas

    If an engine is designed to take advantage of ethanol’s higher octane rating, it will use a higher compression ratio which makes the engine significantly more efficient. A sufficiently more efficient engine can get more work out of a fuel that has a lower energy content than out of a less efficient engine that is using a higher energy content fuel. There is also the fact that ethanol burns cooler than gasoline. A whole lot of that extra specific energy in gasoline does nothing but heat up the water in the cooling jacket and get dumped into the atmosphere by the radiator.

    Any more questions, ChuckL, just ask. I am happy to fill any gaps in your knowledge.

  • Mark in Texas

    If an engine is designed to take advantage of ethanol’s higher octane rating, it will use a higher compression ratio which makes the engine significantly more efficient. A sufficiently more efficient engine can get more work out of a fuel that has a lower energy content than out of a less efficient engine that is using a higher energy content fuel. There is also the fact that ethanol burns cooler than gasoline. A whole lot of that extra specific energy in gasoline does nothing but heat up the water in the cooling jacket and get dumped into the atmosphere by the radiator.

    Any more questions, ChuckL, just ask. I am happy to fill any gaps in your knowledge.

  • drew

    nice PR ….. what a joke

  • drew

    nice PR ….. what a joke

  • drew

    nice PR ….. what a joke

  • Doug

    Wow envy doth run deep. I love it when people get on forums and blast the rich. Hey I would love to be able to afford a Bentley, but I don’t begrudge those who can.

  • Doug

    Wow envy doth run deep. I love it when people get on forums and blast the rich. Hey I would love to be able to afford a Bentley, but I don’t begrudge those who can.

  • Mark

    It’s not about envying the rich. It’s about the absurdity of paying $15 million for a car, then saving a few pennies on gas. If she really cared about the environment and had 3 brain cells, she would drive a reasonable luxury car and spend the resulting savings on research projects.

  • Mark

    It’s not about envying the rich. It’s about the absurdity of paying $15 million for a car, then saving a few pennies on gas. If she really cared about the environment and had 3 brain cells, she would drive a reasonable luxury car and spend the resulting savings on research projects.

  • Mark

    It’s not about envying the rich. It’s about the absurdity of paying $15 million for a car, then saving a few pennies on gas. If she really cared about the environment and had 3 brain cells, she would drive a reasonable luxury car and spend the resulting savings on research projects.

  • Mark

    It’s not about envying the rich. It’s about the absurdity of paying $15 million for a car, then saving a few pennies on gas. If she really cared about the environment and had 3 brain cells, she would drive a reasonable luxury car and spend the resulting savings on research projects.

  • Doug

    Do you really think this was her idea? Seriously this is a pr stunt by the government not a serious idea by the queen.

  • Doug

    Do you really think this was her idea? Seriously this is a pr stunt by the government not a serious idea by the queen.

  • Doug

    Do you really think this was her idea? Seriously this is a pr stunt by the government not a serious idea by the queen.

  • LonnieB

    This is purely symbolic, just like everything else the “figurehead” monarch does.

    Now, if only Al “I’m so green” Gore would sell off a couple of his mansions and reduce his fleet of Suburbans that follow him around when he travels on his private jet to rallies (that draw large crowds who DRIVE to them) to tell us how WE should be reducing OUR consumption, then maybe the environment would notice some benefits.

  • LonnieB

    This is purely symbolic, just like everything else the “figurehead” monarch does.

    Now, if only Al “I’m so green” Gore would sell off a couple of his mansions and reduce his fleet of Suburbans that follow him around when he travels on his private jet to rallies (that draw large crowds who DRIVE to them) to tell us how WE should be reducing OUR consumption, then maybe the environment would notice some benefits.

  • Doug

    Thank you LonnieB!

  • Doug

    Thank you LonnieB!

  • Gadaheldam

    I wonder how much it cost the new ethanol engines needed for the conversion, did they run a cost benefit analysis or is just an environmental campain for Biofuel. It might turn out that it would have been better to support financially the company instead of laying off the workers and consequently the families and kids.

  • Gadaheldam

    I wonder how much it cost the new ethanol engines needed for the conversion, did they run a cost benefit analysis or is just an environmental campain for Biofuel. It might turn out that it would have been better to support financially the company instead of laying off the workers and consequently the families and kids.

  • Gadaheldam

    I wonder how much it cost the new ethanol engines needed for the conversion, did they run a cost benefit analysis or is just an environmental campain for Biofuel. It might turn out that it would have been better to support financially the company instead of laying off the workers and consequently the families and kids.

  • http://www.researchgate.net Sidney Clouston

    Hello Fellows and Friends:

    With the word Bitch already associated with the article I see no reason to be redundant. On a positive side, I have Switchgrass growing in Africa

    in a collaboration with the Energy Commission of Nigeria. This is feedstock for Cellulosic Ethanol yet

    it can be a food crop for Locust. The roots grow into

    the ground up to ten feet deep and live for decades. The grass grows six or more feet tall for harvesting

    many times after only one planting. Seeds were sent to Ghana and Senegal as well as Nepal Carbon Credits

    are associated with this project and income from the

    credits. Contract Growing contracts with the Poor will up lift them and help address all of the Millennium Development Goals. What’s wrong with that?

    God save the Queen.

  • http://www.researchgate.net Sidney Clouston

    Hello Fellows and Friends:

    With the word Bitch already associated with the article I see no reason to be redundant. On a positive side, I have Switchgrass growing in Africa

    in a collaboration with the Energy Commission of Nigeria. This is feedstock for Cellulosic Ethanol yet

    it can be a food crop for Locust. The roots grow into

    the ground up to ten feet deep and live for decades. The grass grows six or more feet tall for harvesting

    many times after only one planting. Seeds were sent to Ghana and Senegal as well as Nepal Carbon Credits

    are associated with this project and income from the

    credits. Contract Growing contracts with the Poor will up lift them and help address all of the Millennium Development Goals. What’s wrong with that?

    God save the Queen.

  • http://www.researchgate.net Sidney Clouston

    Hello Fellows and Friends:

    With the word Bitch already associated with the article I see no reason to be redundant. On a positive side, I have Switchgrass growing in Africa

    in a collaboration with the Energy Commission of Nigeria. This is feedstock for Cellulosic Ethanol yet

    it can be a food crop for Locust. The roots grow into

    the ground up to ten feet deep and live for decades. The grass grows six or more feet tall for harvesting

    many times after only one planting. Seeds were sent to Ghana and Senegal as well as Nepal Carbon Credits

    are associated with this project and income from the

    credits. Contract Growing contracts with the Poor will up lift them and help address all of the Millennium Development Goals. What’s wrong with that?

    God save the Queen.

  • http://www.researchgate.net Sidney Clouston

    Hello Fellows and Friends:

    With the word Bitch already associated with the article I see no reason to be redundant. On a positive side, I have Switchgrass growing in Africa

    in a collaboration with the Energy Commission of Nigeria. This is feedstock for Cellulosic Ethanol yet

    it can be a food crop for Locust. The roots grow into

    the ground up to ten feet deep and live for decades. The grass grows six or more feet tall for harvesting

    many times after only one planting. Seeds were sent to Ghana and Senegal as well as Nepal Carbon Credits

    are associated with this project and income from the

    credits. Contract Growing contracts with the Poor will up lift them and help address all of the Millennium Development Goals. What’s wrong with that?

    God save the Queen.

  • Uncle B

    Oslo, Norway, uses bio-gas from city sewage to power it’s buses. The Queen of England surely has access to lots of sewage, She should take note of a really environmentally friendly fuel from Oslo, and run her Bentleys on Shit!

  • Uncle B

    Oslo, Norway, uses bio-gas from city sewage to power it’s buses. The Queen of England surely has access to lots of sewage, She should take note of a really environmentally friendly fuel from Oslo, and run her Bentleys on Shit!

  • Uncle B

    Oslo, Norway, uses bio-gas from city sewage to power it’s buses. The Queen of England surely has access to lots of sewage, She should take note of a really environmentally friendly fuel from Oslo, and run her Bentleys on Shit!

  • Uncle B

    Oslo, Norway, uses bio-gas from city sewage to power it’s buses. The Queen of England surely has access to lots of sewage, She should take note of a really environmentally friendly fuel from Oslo, and run her Bentleys on Shit!

  • Uncle B

    Oslo, Norway, uses bio-gas from city sewage to power it’s buses. The Queen of England surely has access to lots of sewage, She should take note of a really environmentally friendly fuel from Oslo, and run her Bentleys on Shit!

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