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Renault presents Pope with an electric car

September 05, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has received an electric car, to be used around Vatican City.

The white Renault Kangoo, a gift presented to the Pontiff on September 5, is one of three such vehicles the Vatican has received. Renault also gave a Kangoo for use by the Vatican gendarmerie, while the Italian firm NWG provided a similar “green” vehicle for the Vatican press office.

For public trips outside the Vatican, Pope Benedict continues to use a customized Mercedes—also a gift to the Vatican—which is armored with bulletproof panels that “green” vehicles cannot currently support. Mercedes has announced plans to provide a “green” vehicle for the Pope’s use in the near future.


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