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Extraordinarily Special Renault EVs


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11. September 2012

This is a Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E. This is an electric vehicle. It features a lithium-ion battery pack consisting of 192 cells organized into 48 modules, all of which provide an available energy of 22 kWh. There is a 60-hp electric traction motor used to propel the Kangoo Maxi Z.E. (“Maxi,” by the way, because it has a seating capacity for five, unlike the other Kangoos, which are two-seaters.) It is 181-in. long and 71-in. wide.

Pope Kangoo

The vehicle has an approximate range of 105 miles. Top speed is 80 mph.

If you look closely, you’ll see a crest on the door. That’s the Papal coat of arms.

“Papal,” as in “Pope.”

Yes, Renault has presented the Vatican with two Kangoo Maxi Z.E.s, which were converted for papal purposes by the French constructor-coachbuilder Gruau. As mentioned, the standard Kangoo Maxi Z.E. can seat five, but in this reconfigured version, it is seating for four, with, according to Renault, “two particularly comfortable separate seats at the rear.”

Here is His Holiness Benedict XVI inside one of the vehicles.

Pope and Renault

Other modifications are an opening roof, removable rear side windows, hinged rear side doors, and electrically folding door steps.

One of the vehicles will be used by the Pope when he is at Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence. The other is for the Corps of Gendarmerie Corps of Vatican City, the Pope’s security.

Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of Renault Group, said of the gift of the two electric vehicles, “This donation to His Holiness is a means for Renault to reaffirm its strong and durable commitment to sustainable development and respect for the environment.”

Amen to that.

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