Pope gets green ride from French car maker
PARIS, Sept 6
PARIS, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict will be able to limit his impact on the environment as he travels around his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo thanks to a new custom-made electric vehicle donated by French car maker Renault.
The white-coloured vehicle has the Papal coat of arms on its doors, Renault said on Thursday. Based on the Kangoo Maxi van, it has a 44 kilowatt electric motor and lithium-ion battery, and can travel 170 kilometres without recharging.
"It is an ecological, sustainable-development version of the Popemobile," Renault said.
Renault also presented a second electric vehicle for use by the Vatican Corps of Gendarmerie for the pope's security, similar to the first but with blue livery and a white and yellow stripe along each side.
The vehicles, which were handed over to the pope by Renault head Carlos Ghosn, were developed with French coach builder Gruau, Renault said.