The security of the Vatican City is guaranteed by the electric cars Citroen C-Zero. Now we see that the Pope is traveling in two electric vehicles offered to the Vatican by Renault. Benedict XVI received the two electric cars directly from the President and CEO of Renault, Carlos Ghosn, who on 5 September visited the Pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.
The two electric cars Renault were customized for Benedict XVI and are based on the Kangoo ZE Maxi model which measures 4.6 meters long by 1.8 meters wide. The 44 kW electric motor and the lithium-ion battery allow, in a combined cycle, a range of 170 km.
There Renault has already invested heavily in its range of electric vehicles, this donation can be considered an excellent marketing strategy. Recall that Renault, to spread the electric cars has started an outfitting program for the charging stations but for the President and CEO of the Renault Group "the donation to His Holiness is a means of underlining Renault's commitment to pursuing sustainable and environmentally friendly development“.
To transform the Kangoo ZE Maxi into a real one Popemobile was the French manufacturer and coachbuilder Gruau: both vehicles are able to accommodate up to four people with abundant seats (remember that the vehicle is more than four meters long!), the roof can be opened and all the windows are removable. The doors can be folded electrically to facilitate entry and exit from the vehicle.