Pope Benedict XVI receives Renault Kangoo Z.E. image

Pope Benedict XVI has recently received the keys to a Renault Kangoo Z.E. electric vehicle which will be used on short drives in his gardens.

His holiness has received the Renault Kangoo Z.E. in a small ceremony at his summer residence and drove it from the heliport to the Gandolfo palace, in which he lives. The Pope has often spoken about the need to protect the environment and the Vatican is sustaining eco technologies. For Renault, this is a like a lottery winning ticket because the French based car manufacturer has associated its name with the Pope.

The Renault Kangoo Z.E. in question isn’t bulletproof and it won’t be used as a Popemobile. The model in question will be driven by Pope Benedict XVI on his summer residence. The new Popemobile will be provided by Mercedes-Benz, which is currently developing a bulletproof hybrid car.

The French electric vehicle, the Renault Kangoo Z.E., is getting a lithium-ion battery which is powering an electric motor that develops a total output of 60 HP (44 kW). The “eco” car can be driven for up to 170 km (106 miles) on a single charge. The Kangoo Z.E. in question is getting a white exterior with the Papal graphics, rear-hinged doors, retractable roof and electrically folding steps, along with an upgraded interior with four individual seats.