The Pope can be a divisive figure, and the views of the Vatican don’t always mesh with contemporary culture. Even the Pope needs to get around though, and apparently the Pope wants an electric car powered by the sun.
So an electric Popemobile makes sense. After all, it is really only used for parades (though I’ve always wondered what the Pope uses to get to the airport). During a presentation for the Vatican’s book, “The Energy of the Sun in the Vatican,” which documents the aforementioned installation of solar panels, Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo said that the Pope would be interested in an electric Popemobile, but none had been presented yet. Currently, the Pope uses a modified Mercedes M-Class.
Hopefully that is a strong enough hint for somebody to get to work on an electric Popemobile. Somebody make a “What Would Benedict Drive?” bumpersticker.
Source: Washington Post
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.