21 Jun '11, 6pm

Have you checked out the Pope's new hybrid ride?

Have you checked out the Pope's new hybrid ride?

The next popemobile will be a hybrid -- not just a hybrid between a pick-up truck and a dunking booth, like usual, but a gas/electric hybrid car that can go around 16 miles in all-electric mode. The Vatican apparently flirted with the idea of an all-electric vehicle, but decided it wouldn't have the horsepower to outrun would-be assassins in an emergency. That might be code for "too expensive" (not for the Vatican -- His Holiness does not pay for his own hoopty -- but for popemobile-purveyors-to-the-stars Mercedes Benz). But the pontiff's current ride only gets 12.5 miles to the gallon, since it's so heavy, so a hybrid would be a big improvement.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-21-the-pope-is-getting-...

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