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Old 06-23-2011, 02:10 PM
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Lightbulb Mercedes-Benz working on M-Class Hybrid Popemobile

Filed under: Hybrid, SUV, Europe, Government/Legal, Mercedes-Benz, Police/Emergency, Specialty

The Papal motorcade is packed with new cars, but the most famous of them is the Popemobile. Typically based on a Mercedes-Benz sport-ute, most recent examples have been modified versions of the G-Wagen or M-Class (like the one pictured above).

His Holiness has vocalized his desire for an all-electric vehicle, even a solar-powered one. But while moving all that bulletproof glass around on battery power alone might require no less a feat than an act of God, he may be about to get the next best thing.

Reports indicate that, at Benededict XVI's request, Mercedes-Benz is preparing a hybrid Popemobile based on the new M-Class. The vehicle would allow the pontiff to be chauffeured around on electric power at parade speed for up to 16 miles before the gasoline engine would need to kick in, a benefit similar to that enjoyed by neighboring head of state Prince Albert II of Monaco in his Lexus LS 600h L.

President Obama may not have gotten his wish with a hybrid Cadillac One, but we could be looking at a new trend in parade transportation for the wealthiest of public figures.Mercedes-Benz working on M-Class Hybrid Popemobile originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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