Remember when his Holiness the Pope was by Dacia with a Duster crossover back in 2019? Well, Pope Francis might soon ride on a new electric vehicle (EV) courtesy of Fisker.
Co-founders Henrik Fisker and Geeta Gupta-Fisker recently met with the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Vatican City. Henrik Fisker said that the reason they wanted to give the Pope his own EV is that he cares for the environment and is concerned with future generations.
“I got inspired reading that Pope Francis is very considerate about the environment and the impact of climate change for future generations,” said Fisker.
But what EV will the Pope actually get from Fisker? It's called the Ocean, and it's set to go into production in November of next year. It serves as the company's premier electric crossover and was revealed earlier this year. The Fisker Ocean features an 80 kWh battery pack that gives the crossover an estimated range of 482 km.
Exact output figures have yet to be revealed. However, Fisker claims the Ocean can go from 0 – 97 km/h in just 2.9 seconds. It will also be available in either two-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. This could mean the Fisker Ocean can have a single or dual electric motor available. Aside from that, the Fisker Ocean Pope Francis will receive will come with sustainable materials, along with a glass canopy to allow his Holiness to greet the faithful.
“The interior of the Fisker Ocean papal transport will contain a variety of sustainable materials, including carpets made from recycled plastic bottles from the ocean,” added Fisker.
With Pope Francis himself reminding Catholics to care for the environment, having an EV as his personal transport could influence buyers in actually getting an EV. But other than that, we're just glad that Pope Francis will get a new vehicle to go around in beside the Dacia Duster.