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The Vatican City's about a fifth of a square mile in total, so it's not like range anxiety will be an issue.

That's one upshot of the Pope recently being given the Vatican's first-ever electric vehicle. NWG Auto did the honors, donating Pope Benedict XVI an NWG Zero for what it says is his pro-environmentalist stance, the Catholic News Agency reported.

The gift was accompanied with a blessing of the car and a prayer to St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, the publication said, citing Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi. The NWG Zero, which has a Vatican license plate, is estimated to cost about $2.50 to fully recharge.

The Pope has long been in talks with Mercedes-Benz about possibly producing a hybrid popemobile, though that notion is especially challenging because of the heavy weight and non-aerodynamic design of such a vehicle. Most recently, The Detroit Bureau reported in January that Pope representatives were in discussions with Mercedes about making a customized M-Class hybrid vehicle that could be built for the Pope.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Bad photoshop! Last I checked the Vatican is still in Rome and not on Capri.
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      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a Tazzari and they talked about it last year. There was also talk about a hybrid for actual pope mobile if I recall from last year.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't it a tazzari?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Low speed travel in a small country where the buildings are stained by air pollution makes a lot of sense to go EV. Now if he would lead the church members to adopt EVs, that would be great.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ryan Strangely enough, it's the most conservative Popes who have been the greatest environmental advocates. Unfortunately, the next touring vehicle for the Pope must be fully armoured and that increases the weight beyond the range of EV technology. (although maybe hybrid)
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