The green queen: Sofia takes electric car for a spin

Thursday August 12, 2010

Queen Sofia of Spain was snapped testing out her shiny new motor while on holiday this week. And though the white car didn't look like anything flashy, it was among the first in a new generation of new eco cars.

The Pergeot Ion vehicle is a 100 per cent electric, zero-emission car which has a battery life of 80 miles per charge. It won't be going on the market till December, but a prototype was sent to the Spanish royal – who will be trying it out for the next month - directly from Japan.

She was seen test-driving the model close to the Marivent Palace in Mallorca, where the Spanish Royal Family are spending their summer break.

She called the vehicle "phenomenal" and was said to have accepted Peugeot's offer as a show of support for electric cars, which do not contaminate the environment.

Photo: © Rex

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