There are many wealthy people and government dignitaries that drive or receive special vehicles
to help them go about their important business, but perhaps none receive such special vehicles and treatment as the Pope. That's why it comes as no surprise that when offered the chance to embrace EV car technology, both the Catholic church and Renault jumped at the partnership. Here's the scoop of how it went down.
Seen here receiving a brand new Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E. from Carlos "Charlie" Ghosn (I call him Charlie), the Pope Benedict will be able to use this electric vehicle around his summer home in Castel Gandolfo (former residence of Gandolf the Great). Immediately following this gift, the Pope absolved Renault of its many sins in naming decent vehicles with nauseating model names like Kangoo, Twingo, Twizy and Fluence (I'm kidding of course, no one could absolve Renault of those horrible sins).
While this new electric Pope vehicle may be green, don't call it a Popemobile. It lacks all the necessary security measures and bulletproof, elevated viewing box that comes with the typical high-security classic. The Popemobile will remain to be made by Mercedes-Benz
and based off the unstoppable G-Wagen
, although it looks like Mercedes is working on developing a hybrid powered version.
Apparently, Renault also donated a "blue electric Kangoo" (same name as my first band) to the church for the Vatican gendarmes to roll about in. Everyone knows that gendarmes are fond of blue. I'm sure Renault is upping production on their current electric vehicle line-up as flocks of young Catholic followers may be trading in their aging Hummers
for alternative fuel vehicles after this "papal whip acquisition" (my current band name).
For our money, we'll stick with the classic Popemobile. Maybe we can pick up one soon on the used car market, and live our dream of recreating that famous scene from the Blues Brothers:
"It's got a Pope motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got Pope tires, Pope suspensions, Pope shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas. What do you say, is it the new Popemobile or what? "
Tell me that wouldn't be fantastic. Check out more pictures of the 1980's Popemobile.