Pope Francis will soon have a new vehicle in his fleet. It is an electric SUV designed by the American start-up Fisker, reports NBC News. This is the Pope’s second “zero-emission” car following the acquisition of a hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai last year. Called “Ocean”, this car made in Austria by Fisker should have a range of around 480 kilometers. Fast charging will allow owners to recover as much as 80% of battery power in just 30 minutes.
SoCal company @FiskerInc set to develop the first all electric Pope mobile for @Pontifex; @henrikfisker meet with the Pontif to unveil the sleek modern design. #TODAYinLA on Channel 4 @NBCLA pic.twitter.com/FO3fh35ukP
– Mekahlo Medina (@MekahloNBCLA) May 21, 2021
For the model of Pope Francis, the American start-up will add a dome at the level of the roof of the vehicle so that it can stand upright and thus greet the crowd when traveling.
“Pope Francis is very attentive to the environment”
The name “Ocean” refers to the cabin made of recycled materials made from plastic bottles which were partly recovered in the ocean. “I was inspired to read that Pope Francis is very attentive to the environment and the impact of climate change on future generations,” said Henrik Fisker, the founder of the start-up, in a statement.
This electric vehicle which is to be officially marketed from next November should be offered from $ 37,499 in the United States.