- Jul 11, 2012
Pope's given Vatican's first electric car by NWG Auto [w/video]
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.
Scroll down below to watch a video detailing the event.