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.
Believe it or not the current Pope, Benedict XVI, wants the Vatican to become a leader in green energy. It goes hand-in-hand with mankind being charged as stewards of the Earth. I want to an all-boys Catholic high school, and we were taught a good bit about not polluting and even green energy. Benedict has added solar panels to centuries-old buildings and donated trees to a Hungarian park as carbon offsets. The Vatican is the world’s only 100% “carbon neutral” independent country.
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.