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Meeting His Holiness' call for a sustainable development to safeguard Creation
Renault presents two exclusively designed and built
All-electric Kangoo Maxi Z.E. for Pope Benedict XVI

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI with Renault’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI with Carlos Ghosn.

06 Sep. 2012: French car maker Renault has presented the Vatican yesterday with two exclusively designed and built Kangoo Maxi Z.E. electric vehicles to meet the mobility needs of the Pope and his security.

The vehicles were handed over to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI by Renault’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn, during a visit to the Pope’s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

The first vehicle is an ecological version of the Popemobile, for use when the Pope is travelling at his summer residence, with the Papal coat of arms depicted on the doors.

Renault's all-electric Kangoo Maxi Z.E. Popemobile, with the Papal coat of arms.

Renault's summer Popemobile, with the Papal coat of arms.

Based on the Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E., the summer Popemobile measures 4.6 metres in length and 1.8 metres in width and is powered by a 44kW (60hp, 59 bhp) electric motor with a lithium-ion battery, providing an average NEDC combined-cycle range of 170km.

The second vehicle is for use by the Corps of Gendarmerie of Vatican City. Its design is very similar to that of the first car, but has a blue livery with a white and yellow stripe along each flank.

Each of the two cars, which were converted in association with Renault's coachbuilder Gruau, can seat up to four people and are fitted with two particularly comfortable separate seats at the rear.

Pope Benedict XVI in the new summer Popemobile, which features a specific opening roof, removable rear side windows, hinged rear side doors and electrically folding door steps.

Pope Benedict XVI in the new summer Popemobile, which features a specific opening roof, removable rear side windows, hinged rear side doors and electrically folding door steps.

Other specific features include an opening roof, removable rear side windows, hinged rear side doors and electrically folding door steps to facilitate ingress.

Renault considers that the two vehicles put its experience as automobile manufacturer and leader in the electric vehicle sector at the service of the sustainable development message of the Vatican and His Holiness Benedict XVI who has frequently underlined the need for sustainable development to safeguard Creation.

“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,” said Ghosn.

It is worth noting that the Renault Z.E. (Zero Emissions) programme promotes electric mobility by selling a comprehensive range of affordable electric cars and commercial vehicles, which includes four models: the Twizy city car, the Fluence Z.E. saloon, the Kangoo Z.E. van and, from the end of 2012, the ZOE compact hatchback.

 

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