New viral photos and media reports have it that the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, was recently gifted a hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai Popemobile. Photos and technical details of this bespoke car show that it is a specially-made environmentally friendly “sacred” beauty on wheels. The CBCJ (Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Japan) is reported to have presented this new hydrogen-powered customized car to Pope Francis. This new vehicle is one of two bespoke Toyota Mirai cars that were specifically customized to meet Pope Francis’ needs and were donated since November 2019 to the CBCJ.
Meet the bespoke hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai Popemobile that was recently presented to Pope Francis
Hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai Popemobile - Behind the scenes
According to detailed reports, the hydrogen-powered Popemobile is 5.1 metres long and also 2.7 metres high (with the special roof included). This height of the special roof has been specially structured in such a way to enable the Pope to ride comfortably in the car while standing up as it is “tradition”.
The handover of the vehicle was implemented in a ceremony with the attendance of Rev, Father Domenico Marokot Wada presenting the CBCJ and a delegation of six Toyota representatives.
Pope Francis’ new hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai Popemobile is a nice combo of beauty and class on wheels
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On the technical side, Pope Francis’ new Toyota Mirai Popemobile draws power from Toyota’s latest hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain. Reports claim that the car offers a moderate 310-mile range with no CO2 emissions but instead just water. The car is now the latest popemobile in Pope Francis’ fleet which currently has other car models like a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon SUV (open roof), a Dacia Duster SUV and a Fiat Panda.
To see more photos of the Pope’s new car, watch this short video below;
All-New 2021 Toyota Mirai Popemobile - Hydrogen-powered Mirai popemobile for Pope Francis