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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pope-francis-electric-car_us_58bd82fbe4b0d2821b4f9826
Pope Francis Has A Sweet New Eco-Friendly Ride
Don’t worry, he’s still keeping the popemobile.
03/06/2017  Ryan Grenoble

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Pope Francis and his new electric car at the Vatican

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Pope Francis checks out the features of his new electric Nissan Leaf


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Don’t worry, he’s still keeping the popemobile.

He electrifies crowds. Now he’s going with an electric car.

Pope Francis accepted an all-electric Nissan Leaf in late February from Wermuth Asset Management, a German investment group focused on renewable energy.

The German newspaper Der Spiegel reports Wermuth originally presented the Pope with a Tesla Model S ― a different electric car ― but Francis turned it down in favor of the more humble Nissan.

Thanks to some boosted charging features, the Pope can top off his Leaf in around an hour ― or about the same time it takes to celebrate Mass, notes Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper.

“The fact that the Pope starts using a 100 percent electric car is great news for the world,” Wermuth Chief Investment Officer Jochen Wermuth told La Repubblica.

“It sets an example for other heads of state and for anyone in the world to follow,” Wermuth added. “Today it is no longer just morally right, it is also cheaper to own an electric car compared to a combustion engine car.”

The pope’s hot new ride is part of a broader environmental push at the Vatican, which wants to be one of the first states 100 percent powered by renewable energy. To that end, the church has even looked into asking the Vatican’s bank (rumored to have around $10 billion in holdings) to divest from fossil fuels.

While the Vatican owes some of its environmental momentum to Francis’ 2015 encyclical ― in which argued the church must combat climate change as a matter of ethics ― the overall greening effort predates the current pope.

Pope Benedict XVI also pushed hard to limit the Vatican’s carbon footprint, signing off on the installation of 2,400 solar panels in 2008.
[© huffingtonpost.com]


http://www.ecowatch.com/pope-francis-nissan-leaf-2294820792.html
Pope Goes Electric, Sets Example for World Leaders
EcoWatch-6 hours ago
Pope Francis, long known for his commitment to environmental stewardship, has taken his call for climate action one step further. He now owns an electric car, ...
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https://cleantechnica.com/2017/03/02/pope-goes-electric/
Pope Goes Electric
March 2nd, 2017  Pope Francis seems to be a man of action — living by your ideals — and so it comes as no surprise that he has apparently gotten a Nissan LEAF ... Pope Benedict XVI also went electric, using a custom electric vehicle from Renault e-nv200 e-van ...
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http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/03/01/pope-seeks-to-set-example-for-world-leaders-as-he-accepts-electric-car/
Pope seeks to set example for world leaders as he accepts electric car
1 Mar 2017  Pope Francis has accepted a 100 per cent electric car in a pilot project to help the Vatican become an “emission-free mobility” state. The Vatican seeking to ...
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http://www.ecumenicalnews.com/article/pope-francis-accepts-electric-car-hopes-to-reignite-eco-friendly-initiative-in-world-leaders/59415.htm
Pope Francis accepts electric car, hopes to reignite eco-friendly ...
March 07 2017  The electric car, a Nissan LEAF, was a gift from Jochen Wermuth — a German asset manager based in Berlin. His asset management firm works closely with ...




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