California-based EV startup Fisker Inc. is working on a first all-electric popemobile based on the upcoming Ocean electric SUV.
Fisker co-founders, Henrik Fisker and Dr. Geeta Gupta-Fisker presented Pope Francis with a vision for the first all-electric papal transport during a meeting at the Vatican on Thursday.
“I got inspired reading that Pope Francis is very considerate about the environment and the impact of climate change for future generations,” Fisker said in a statement. “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.”
An all-electric papal transport will provide the first exhaust-free and emissions-free experience for those gathered for blessings by his holiness. The spacious interior of the Fisker Ocean SUV supports a large, modern, all-glass cupola, offering accessibility and visibility for Pope Francis to greet the faithful. The company plans to deliver this singular version of the Fisker Ocean to the Pope next year.
The Vatican has used green vehicles before. Mercedes-Benz has made hybrid popemobiles for his holiness. Renault has donated two all-electric Kangoo Z.E. vans in 2012. The Vatican was gifted electric Opel Ampera-e in 2017. Pope Francis was driven around in a hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai in Japan in 2019.
Production of the Ocean electric SUV is planned to start in November next year, through contract manufacturer Magna International in Europe. There are currently more than 16,000 reservation holders for the Ocean, which will offer incredible value and features that compare favorably to competitive EVs across the entire price range.
The Fisker Ocean starts at $37,499 in the U.S. and €32,000 in Germany ($39,150). It will be available in premium versions that include compelling features such as Ultra High Range (approximately 350 miles), all-wheel drive and many more yet to be announced.