A Royal Welcome: Prince Charles at Sunderland Nissan Plant (w/video)

JAN 30 2015 BY MARK KANE 3

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales spot Nissan LEAF

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales spots a Nissan LEAF

Prince Charles & Nissan LEAF

Prince Charles & Nissan LEAF

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, recently visited Nissan’s Sunderland plant, which produces Nissan LEAFs and lithium-ion batteries.

As it turns out, this is not the first time Prince Charles had a chance to drive in an electric car.

“His Royal Highness has a relationship with the plant that dates back almost 30 years.

During a trip to Japan in 1986, the Prince of Wales took part in a traditional Japanese Daruma ceremony to mark the start of production at the newly constructed Sunderland plant and rode in one of Nissan’s ground-breaking electric vehicles at the company’s Zama plant.

During today’s visit, The Prince of Wales was shown how a further 29 years of electric vehicle technology have helped make Nissan’s electric LEAF the best-selling electric car in history. He also met apprentices and employees involved in the project.”

According to the press release, 33,000 LEAFs have been sold in Europe.

Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe who hosted The Prince stated:

“We were honoured to receive a visit from The Prince of Wales.”

“With a keen, lifelong interest in sustainability, His Royal Highness was interested to see LEAF production as well as hear about Sunderland’s achievements as one of the UK’s most successful car plants.”

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That would be really cool if he had a Leaf or two charging on renewable electricity, running around the Duchy of Cornwall, since it would fit right in with all of the other sustainable activities there.

As someone based in Aistralia my first thought is someone should give that man a knighthood, I’m torn between awarding it for battling climate change or supporting the local car industry.

I am sure those not familiar with australian politics or even those currently in power in Australia won’t get it but I am laughing my ass off….. Well right up to the point when I realise who’s in charge of spending my tax dollars, I wish people who vote were smarter.

Does Prince Charles actually have a driver’s license?