Pope receives electric car, as studies for an all-renewables Vatican underway

March 10, 2017
By Brian Roewe  
National Catholic Reporter

El Papa’s got a brand new car. And it’s electric.

In December, Pope Francis received a Nissan Leaf electric car as a birthday present from Jochen Wermuth of Wermuth Asset Management, a German investment firm focused on sustainability. The gift was made public in late February.

Later this year, the firm itself plans to make an additional 10 electric vehicles accessible for a three-month period as part of a Vatican electricity mobility pilot project.