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Mercedes Developing Hybrid Popemobile for His Holiness


The popemobile is going green. The popemobile has long been pimped out with armour-plated panels and bulletproof glass. Now Mercedes-Benz is going to design a four-wheel drive M Class Mercedes with a hybrid electric-petrol motor to up the pope’s green cred.

The rechargeable lithium-ion battery will allow the popemobile to drive 30 kilometres without spewing any of that nasty CO2 in the faces of God’s followers. Apparently Pope Benedict XVI would not be allowed to use a purely electric-driven car as the popemobile must be able to take off swiftly in the case of an attack on God’s right-hand man. Though EVs aren’t as slow as the Vatican thinks. The Tesla Roadster can accelerate from 0 to 97 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Additionally, the EV Cup will be coming to the US in November, and will feature sports car iRACER, which can reach 96 km/h in under five seconds with a top speed of 185 km/h.  Perhaps the pope has been reading too much in to outdated information.

The project for the new car is under development but not yet finalized, which means we won’t be seeing a green popemobile on the streets of Vatican City until sometime next year.

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