Pope my ride!

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Renault has donated two specially designed electric vehicles to His Holiness Benedict XVI.

As many will already know, the Pope is usually driven in specially designed vehicles that offer top-notch protection and comfort. This vehicle is famously called the ‘Popemobile’.

Renault has stepped forward and is supplying two of its electric Kangoo Maxi Z.E. vehicles to stand in as Popemobiles.

As well as Renault offering a conveniently sized vehicle with the Kangoo, it also offers its sophisticated electric power technology, which has featured on models such as the Renault Fluence saloon, new Renault ZOE supermini and not to mention the Renault Kangoo Z.E. van.

The two Renault models presented to Pope Benedict XVI were made in collaboration with French coachbuilder Gruau and they both offer specific modifications to assist the Pope. Modifications include an opening roof, removable rear side window and electrically folding door steps.

The new Popemobiles can also seat four and they come with two particularly comfortable seats in the rear.

Each of the vehicles offer different exterior graphics. One features white and yellow stripes along each flank, and the other features the Papal coat of arms on its doors.

The powertrains of both Kangoo Maxi Z.E. vehicles include a 44kW (60hp) electric motor matched with a lithium-ion battery.

However, the Pope will only be allowed to travel up to 100 miles in his new Popemobile because that is the range of the Kangoo Z.E.

Renault will have to hope any places he visits will have a charging infrastructure in place.

Renault vehicles are available from Perrys Renault dealerships.