Pope Benedict XVI is now a bit greener.
The 85-year-old pontiff was presented with his first electric car on Wednesday, a customized white Renault Kangoo for jaunts around the gardens of the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo.
Benedict has been dubbed the ‘‘green pope’’ for his environmental concerns, which have been a hallmark of his papacy.Earlier this year, Italian automaker NWG donated one to the pope, but for the Vatican press office to use. Renault also has given a blue version of the white Kangoo to the Vatican gendarmes.
Though white and carrying the papal seal, the Renault isn’t a popemobile per se. Mercedes-Benz, which makes the customized popemobile with bullet-proof windows for the pope to use on trips outside the Vatican, has been studying a hybrid, energy-saving model.