On 5th September 2012, Carlos Ghosn – Renault Chairman gifted the electric car – Kangoo Maxi Z. E. to the Pope at Castel Gandolfo before it was revealed to the press on 6th September 2012.
On the weekend, the Holy See announced that Renault, French automaker, has presented Pope Benedict XVI an electric car to get around in the ground of the Vatican and his summer home of Castel Gandolfo.
Kangoo Maxi Z.E., a new white pope-carrier, bears the pontifical crest of arms on its side. It can be used to carry pope between churches outside Vatican.
Because of his environmental concerns, Benedict XVI is famously called as ‘the green pope.’
After he became the pope, “the Vatican has installed photovoltaic cells in its main auditorium and joined a project to offset carbon dioxide emissions,” said BBC.
Due to concern about environmental pollution and increasing dependence on clean energy, the Holy See looks forward to having up to 20% of its electricity generated by renewable energy by 2020.
“There’s a problem in terms of power and security because a completely electric car would not have sufficient acceleration power in the case of a security problem” like an attempt to attack on the pope, Jacques Bousquet said. However, the new cars are 100% electric and do not produce pollutants.