The Pope Got a New Pimped-Out Ride!Renault presented a gift to pope Benedict XVI: A new ride that runs on electrons rather than dead dinos. In fact, it's two almost identical EVs which were handed over to the pope in person (see photos below).
"The first vehicle, for use when the Pope is travelling at his summer residence, is white with the Papal coat of arms depicted on the doors. It is an ecological, sustainable-development version of the Popemobile. Based on Kangoo Maxi Z.E., it measures 4.6 metres in length and 1.8 metres in width. It is powered by a 44kW (60hp) electric motor and a lithium-ion battery which ensures an average NEDC combined-cycle range of 170km.
The design of the other vehicle is very similar to that of the first, although its blue livery features a white and yellow stripe along each flank. It is for use by the Corps of Gendarmerie Corps of Vatican City for the Pope's security."
These special, exclusive vehicles can seat up to four people and are fitted with two particularly comfortable separate seats at the rear. Other specific solutions include an opening roof, removable rear side windows, hinged rear side doors and electrically folding door steps to facilitate ingress.
Here we can see Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn (check out this Q&A with him about the future of electric cars) personally giving the electric popemobile to the pope. Quite the photo op for Renault, but also for electric cars in general. I mean, if it's good enough for the pope...
"This donation to His Holiness is a means for Renault to reaffirm its strong and durable commitment to sustainable development and respect for the environment," said Monsieur Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault Group.