Car makers give cars to the Pope all the time because it’s good publicity. Now Renault decided to step up the game by giving Pope Benedict XVI a couple of tailor-made electric vehicles. The main car in which the Pope will be riding around is based on Kangoo Maxi Z.E. and was developed in association with the French coachbuilder Gruau.
A second electric vehicle was donated to the Corps of Gendarmerie of Vatican City. Pope is going to use the electric Kangoo to travel to his summer residence.
He’s going to be comfortable in it, as the car measures 4.6 metres in length and 1.8 metres in width. But his maids need to keep an eye on the charge level all the time because the Maxi Z.E. is powered by a 44kW (60hp) electric motor and a lithium-ion battery, and has a range of 170 km at best.
The two cars were converted in association with the French constructor-coachbuilder Gruau. These special, exclusive vehicles can seat up to four people and are fitted with two particularly comfortable separate seats in the rear. Other specific solutions include an opening roof, removable rear side windows, hinged rear side doors and electrically folding door steps to facilitate ingress.
After experiencing various Mercedes Popemobiles, we’re not sure the man is going to be pleased with this Renault van.