Prince Charles has built a reputation as the British Royal Family’s very own environmentalist, previously waging a war on plastics in the palace and even installing sovereign solar panels.
Now he’s taking delivery of an emissions-free electric car.
The heir to the throne of the British Empire has ponied up £60,000 (A$107,700) of his own money on an example of the new Jaguar I-Pace. The I-Pace is the first all-electric car from the iconic British marque, and is due to arrive in Australia in October priced from $119,000.
But Jaguar Australia won’t sell you a version identical to Prince Charles’s because the bonnie Prince has ticked quite a few options boxes, including a couple exclusively for him.
To avoid the automotive equivalent of turning up to a party in the same dress as another guest, the Prince has ordered his Jaguar I-Pace SUV in a unique Loire Blue paint colour. Personally we prefer the dazzling Caesium Blue from the standard palette, but who are we to argue with a bona fide blue blood?
Interestingly, Prince Charles recently described his newest ride as “silent but deadly” which probably sent Jaguar’s marketing team into damage control. We assume he meant the I-Pace is almost completely noise free from the outside yet devastatingly quick. That’s exactly what we found when we drove the car in June.
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The Jaguar I-Pace is not quite the first electric Jaguar to feature a Royal at the wheel. In May, Prince Harry drove his new bride Meghan Markle from their wedding in a 1960s E-Type that had been modified to run on an electric motor.
It should come as no surprise that the Royals are fans of environmentally friendly motoring. Charles’ new Jaguar will have to battle for attention with a beloved Aston Martin DB6 which has been converted to run on bio-ethanol.
And his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, was known in years past to ferry himself about town in a London black cab fuelled by LPG.
The Jaguar I-Pace is the first serious rival to the popular Tesla Model X, which sells in Australia for a coincidental $119,000. But a future king of England paired up with an American just wouldn’t be cricket. Or would it?