Pope Benedict wants a solar powered Popemobile

We're used to seeing The Pope scooting around in his special customized Mercedes-Benz, but now there's word that Pope Benedict is interested in getting a new Popemobile that runs on solar power.

Presumably the vehicle will be an electric car, who's batteries are charged by solar panels mounted on the roof of the Papal garage, as the power you can get with a car powered directly by solar panels is pretty limited.

This is not The Pope's first foray into green energy, as he has already had photovoltaic solar panels fitted to the Vatican auditorium's roof, and a solar cooling unit installed for the Vatican cafeteria.

I just hope the final design looks better than that solar pyramid car we saw last year.

The Washington Post, via Engadget

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