The French car maker Renault, has gifted Pope Benedict XVI a new set of wheels. The Head of Catholic Church, now drives in a pure-electric Kangoo Maxi Z.E. The new set of wheels was developed in association with the French coachbuilder Gruau.
Renault's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn gifted two such vehicles to the Bishop of Rome. The second vehicle has been donated to the Corps of Gendarmerie of Vatican City.
Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault Group commented on this development. He said, "This donation to His Holiness is a means for Renault to reaffirm its strong and durable commitment to sustainable development and respect for the environment."
Inside sources have confirmed that Renault's Popemobile would be used by Pope Benedict XVI while traveling in his summer residence. The Renault Popemobile will not replace the Mercedes-Benz M-Class for public appearances, as it lacks the necessary security features.
Renault's Popemobile the Kangoo Maxi Z.E., comes in white livery. The electric car is powered by 44kW (59hp) electric motor and a lithium-ion battery which offers a driving range of around 170km.