It is no secret that the Prince of Wales has a love for cars as well as a passion for saving the environment.

And today the green king-in-waiting combined the two when he stepped into his brand new zero-emissions electric motor.

Eco campaigner Charles is the first dignitary to be seen in the Jaguar I-Pace — and he used it to transport himself for an engagement with Narendra Modi, prime minister of India, at the Science Museum.

As part of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting events, Charles and Mr Modi, leader of the most populous Commonwealth nation, visited the Illuminating India exhibition, and met members of the British Indian communities.

Charles’s new car was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last month, and deliveries will start in August in the UK. It is the first zero-emissions electric SUV from a major premium car brand, and incorporates state-of-the-art design and technology.

 The Prince has been a global pioneer for sustainable green living initiatives for many years, prompting JLR to offer him this early opportunity to try the first electric Jaguar.

He expressed considerable interest in the transition to electric vehicles, the development of vehicle battery technology and battery life cycles.

Car lover Charles famously converted the classic Aston Martin 1969 DB6 that the Queen gave him for his 21st birthday to run on 100 per cent bioethanol fuel distilled from surplus English wine.

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