If some road users think electric car owners are holier-than-thou, then this takes it to another level as the Vatican has revealed that it is creating a bespoke all-electric papal transport for Pope Francis.
The plug-in Popemobile is being developed by car manufacturer Fisker following a private meeting between Pope Francis and Henrik Fisker who has designed a number of famous cars including the BMW Z8 to multiple Aston Martins.
“I got inspired reading that Pope Francis is very considerate about the environment and the impact of climate change for future generations,” said Henrik Fisker, so his vision wanted to reflect this.
The car is an adapted version of Fisker’s Ocean SUV – said to be one of the world’s most sustainable vehicles. The custom spacious interior of the Fisker Ocean SUV supports a large, modern, all-glass cupola, offering accessibility and visibility for Pope Francis to greet the faithful.
It will run on exhaust-free and emissions-free electric power for quiet and cleaner gathered blessing, also the interior of the papal transport will contain a variety of sustainable materials, including carpets made from recycled plastic bottles from the ocean.
The Pope has had alternative energy papal transport in the past with Toyota creating a hydrogen-powered Mirai, and Opel providing an Ampera e.
The company plans to deliver this singular version of the Fisker Ocean to the Pope next year, while the Fisker Ocean for the masses is slated to start production in November 2022.