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Hybrid Popemobile will further Vatican's commitment to green technology

June 20, 2011

Mercedes-Benz is making a new "Popemobile" that will rely on an electric motor to transport the Pontiff around Rome, in another step toward green technology at the Vatican.

The new vehicle will be a hybrid, with a gas engine that can provide extra speed in case of emergencies. The battery-operated electric motor will give the car a range of over 15 miles.


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  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2011 10:48 PM ET USA

    It's a lot more than 15 miles 'around' Rome. What then, a papal vespa?