The new ‘Popemobile’ is an electric Opel Ampera-e

The Vatican City has an ambitious goal of becoming the first CO2 free country in the world thanks to renewable energy sources and electrical vehicles.  Opel has contributed to this aim by delivering his Holiness Pope Francis a new ‘Popemobile” in the form of an Ampera-e electric car.

Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann met Pope Francis at the conference “Laudato Sì: the Sustainability of Communication and Innovation” and presented him with the keys to the new car.

Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann commented:

“We are proud that we as Opel can contribute to the ambitious goals of the Vatican City. Our new Ampera-e will make electric mobility feasible for everyday use without any compromises,”

The conference, which brought together representatives of institutions, entrepreneurs, experts and opinion leaders, addressed key environmental sustainability issues including questions on future mobility. During the conference, the Vatican, Opel and Italian energy company Enel pledged to work on a sustainable mobility program for the city state.

Ampera-e Popemobile
His Holiness Pope Francis takes delivery from Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann

The Opel Ampera-e is the European derivative of the Chevrolet Bolt.  With a potential range of 323 miles (NEDC) from a 60kwh battery pack, double that of the comparable Nissan LEAF. With dimensions similar to the brands super-mini sized Corsa model, the Ampera-e offers interior space to match the larger Astra and is priced at €34,950 in Opel’s home country of Germany.

The new electric model is sadly still not going to arrive on U.K. shores, regardless of the obvious demand.

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