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Fisker to build first all-electric popemobile for Pope Francis

Fisker to build first all-elec...
A render of the electric SUV Fisker is building for Pope Francis
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Fisker co-founders Henrik Fisker and Dr. Geeta Gupta-Fisker with the Pope during a visit to Vatican City
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Fisker co-founders Henrik Fisker and Dr. Geeta Gupta-Fisker with the Pope during a visit to Vatican City

After unveiling its long-awaited Ocean SUV at CES last year, electric vehicle startup Fisker is turning its attention to papal transport, revealing plans to develop a purpose-built all-electric vehicle for Pope Francis. The car will be based on the Ocean, which the company says is well-suited to such applications, and is expected to be delivered to His Holiness next year.

Fisker unveiled its Ocean SUV last year, revealing what it calls the world's most sustainable vehicle, with a 80-kWh battery pack offering a range of 250 to 300 miles (402 to 483 km). Other eco-friendly features include vegan-friendly materials throughout the interior, such as carpet made from plastic waste recovered from the ocean. There is also a full-length solar roof that Fisker claims can generate enough energy to power the car across an extra 1,000 miles (1,600 km) each year.

"I got inspired reading that Pope Francis is very considerate about the environment and the impact of climate change for future generations," says Fisker co-founder Henrik Fisker. "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."

Fisker co-founders Henrik Fisker and Dr. Geeta Gupta-Fisker with the Pope during a visit to Vatican City
Fisker co-founders Henrik Fisker and Dr. Geeta Gupta-Fisker with the Pope during a visit to Vatican City

This isn't the first time we've seen electric vehicles used to improve the eco-credentials of the Vatican, with Pope Francis previously receiving a Nissan Leaf in 2017, and Pope Benedict XVI receiving a modified all-electric Kangoo Maxi Z.E. from Renault back in 2012. But this will be the first all-electric popemobile that is intended for public appearances of the Pope.

Fisker says the Ocean's spacious interior lends itself to the design of an all-glass cupola for clear views in and out of the vehicle as the Pope is transported through or near crowds of people. It plans to deliver the one-off EV to Pope Francis next year, while production for the Ocean SUV is expected to kick off in November 2022, with pricing starting at US$37,499.

Source: Fisker

5 comments
5 comments
Kenneth Chang
Great idea, but that car looks a bit mean and sinister
Bill S.
I’m sure this is what Jesus would want. Nothing’s too good for the Pope. Is this part of the vow of poverty thing?
guzmanchinky
Ok so I live right next door to what used to be the Fisker showroom in Newport Beach. Right between the Ferrari dealer and the Maserati dealer. It was there for 6 months. Now it's just a big empty space with "FOR LEASE" signs on it. Does anyone really trust that this company is going to be in business in 10 years?
Nelson Hyde Chick
guzmanchinky, Henry Ford had a failed car company before he founded Ford.
guzmanchinky
Nelson, correct, but Fisker seems to be all over the place, sometimes up, sometimes in the dumps. Would you buy one of their new cars? If I'm going to spend that kind of money I need to be assured the company will be around, or it will quickly become worthless...