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  • Pope Benedict XVI (via PacificCoastNews)

    Last December we told you that the His Holiness The Pope was keen on swapping his large gas-guzzling Mercedes SUV ‘popemobile’ for a suitable electric car. Now Vatican officials have confirmed the details of Pope Benedict XVI’s latest ride: a custom-made M-Class plug-in hybrid based on the technology found inside the Mercedes Vision S500 plug-in hybrid shown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. Why not a pure electric-vehicle, as the Vatican hinted last year? Papal safety. In short, the Vatican doesn’t think an all-electric popemobile could accelerate fast enough to get...

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