Pope Francis has long been outspoken on climate change and the need to conserve Earth’s natural resources. In fact, Vatican City has a goal to become the first country free of C02 emissions.
To help achieve such a goal, Opel presented Pope Francis with a 2017 Opel Ampera-e at the “Laudato Sì: the Sustainability of Communication and Innovation” conference.
“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,” said Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.
The Ampera-e is capable of going 520 kilometers before needing a recharge. The Pope also becomes one of the first owners of an Ampera-e after the first customer deliveries were completed in Norway. After Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and France will be on deck.
During the conference itself, the Vatican, Italy and Italian energy company, Enel, each pledged to work towards a new, sustainable mobility program in the city-state. Pope Francis’ new Ampera-e will certainly serve as a figurehead for such a goal.