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‘Royal transport revolution’ Cambridges use electric Audi with charge point at palace

Earthshot Prize: Emma Watson speaks at environmental ceremony

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William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, travelled to the ceremony of the climate event at Alexandra Palace chauffeured in an Audi that uses electric battery-powered motors and costs between £110,950 to £133,105.

The car features an 800-volt lithium-ion battery and provides a range of up to 283 miles. Its engine takes around five minutes to charge enough power for the next 62 miles, and charging it for around 23 minutes brings the battery from 5 percent up to around 80 percent.

An early prototype of the battery-powered GT features in the Marvel movie Avengers Endgame, driven by Robert Downey Jnr as Iron Man.

While it is thought buyers will have to wait until mid-2022 to get their hands on it the vehicle, the Cambridges had an electric car charging point installed at Kensington Palace with a source telling the Mail this was only the “first phase” of a plan to install charging points around the whole of the royal estate.

The Royal Family seems to be on a climate-conscious ride. Prince Charles, 72, recently revealed that the Aston Martin the Queen gifted to him for his 21st birthday in 1969 had been converted to operate on surplus wine and whey from cheese.

It now runs on a fuel called E85, made up of 85 percent bioethanol and 15 percent unleaded petrol – a “cleaner” blend that requires much less fossil fuel and reduces carbon emissions.

William’s father, ahead of the Earthshot ceremony, praised the Duke’s dedication to the climate battle on Twitter, with Clarence House posting an image of the two royals and a message saying: “As a world, we need to come together to inspire, reimagine and build the sustainable future we so desperately need.

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“I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize.”

At yesterday’s ceremony, five winners were recognised for their work helping to tackle climate change and environmental issues, each receiving a prize of £1million to further develop their initiatives.

A range of A-list celebrities — Dame Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay… — joined the royals at the event, but in line with William and Kate’s sustainable choice of transport, nobody was flown into London for the occasion. Guests were also asked to “consider the environment” when choosing their outfits. 

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Kate, who wore an Alexander McQueen lilac gown made for her in 2011 that she had already worn to a BAFTA dinner in Los Angeles, was said to be “leading by example”.

Royal commentator Natalie Oliveri claimed: “We first saw it 10 years ago, when Prince William and Kate toured North America.

“Kate often recycles her outfits so it was lovely to see this fan favourite making another appearance.”

William, meanwhile, surprised with a recycled dark green velvet jacket that Ms Olivieri described as “very dapper”.

Before presenting the final award to the Republic of Costa Rica, mother-of-three Kate gave a passionate speech, warning that “we will rob our children of the future they deserve” if we don’t focus our energy and resources on solving the climate crisis.

The Duchess said: “A thriving natural world regulates our climate, nurtures our physical and mental health, and helps feed our families. 

“Nature is vital to us all…

“But for too long, we have neglected our wild spaces. And now we are facing a number of tipping points.

“If we don’t act now, we will permanently destabilise our planet.”

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