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Benedict gets a green popemobile

Mercedes-Benz is making a greener, hybrid Popemobile for Benedict.

  • Vatican City
  • June 20, 2011
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Mercedes-Benz is making a greener, hybrid Popemobile for Benedict.

The report said the new Popemobile will be based on the four-wheel-drive M Class Mercedes with a hybrid electric-gas motor, according to a report in the Herald Sun. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery will allow it to drive 16 miles (30 kilometres) without any polluting emissions.

The pope would not be allowed to use a purely electric car because the Popemobile must have the capacity to take off swiftly in case of emergency, according to the report.

A Mercedes-Benz spokesman said the group could give no details on its private clients "for reasons of confidentiality".

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said that while the project for the new car was under development, it was not yet finalised and that the vehicle would not be ready before the end of the year.

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Popemobile to become green machine (Herald Sun/NewsCore)

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