The Papal motorcade is packed with new cars, but the most famous of them is the Popemobile. Typically based on a Mercedes-Benz sport-ute, most recent examples have been modified versions of the G-Wagen or M-Class (like the one pictured above).

His Holiness has vocalized his desire for an all-electric vehicle, even a solar-powered one. But while moving all that bulletproof glass around on battery power alone might require no less a feat than an act of God, he may be about to get the next best thing.

Reports indicate that, at Benedict XVI's request, Mercedes-Benz is preparing a hybrid Popemobile based on the new M-Class. The vehicle would allow the pontiff to be chauffeured around on electric power at parade speed for up to 16 miles before the gasoline engine would need to kick in, a benefit similar to that enjoyed by neighboring head of state Prince Albert II of Monaco in his Lexus LS 600h L.

President Obama may not have gotten his wish with a hybrid Cadillac One, but we could be looking at a new trend in parade transportation for the wealthiest of public figures.


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      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whats the ring time?
        Rocketboy_X
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        6 hours, 6 minutes, and 6 seconds. It only took so long because the pope was too busy looking the other way.
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      In that photo it looks like he's partly submerged in a half filled aquarium on wheels
      Rocketboy_X
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bulletproof glass? You would think that he would place more faith in his god.
        Jake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rocketboy_X
        God also created us with the ability to protect ourselves from crazy assassins. I think God expects us to do at least a little bit to take care of ourselves.
          kwa
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jake
          @ Rocketboy Ummm did you hear what happened to Jesus? Anyway this is a car website, if you have questions/ doubts about the Man Upstairs, take that somewhere else please.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rocketboy_X
        ZING!
        JasonERF
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rocketboy_X
        *thumbs up*
      • 3 Years Ago
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      K Gav
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's smoke dope with the pope.
      o_O
      • 3 Years Ago
      Popin' ain't easy
      detox440
      • 3 Years Ago
      The bullets are real... your god is not.
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      Markfo1
      • 3 Years Ago
      um, oh god
      Franco
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome! od is now eco-friendly too ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
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