Pope Francis travels in ŠKODA Enyaq iV electric car during visit to Slovakia

During his visit, the Pontiff sends the right message encouraging people to drive electric vehicles (EVs)

By
Ian Osborne
September 15, 2021
Category:
EV Life

ŠKODA has been providing Pope Francis with two ŠKODA Enyaq iV electric vehicles (EVs) for the duration of his visit to Slovakia from 12-15 September. The two crossover style electric cars have been adapted according to the Vatican’s wishes.

To make it easier to see the Pontiff, clear glass windows in the rear of the vehicle have replaced the standard tinted side windows. Chrome standard holders for the Vatican flag are mounted on the front wing of the passenger side and the official logo of the papal visit can be seen on the exterior mirror housings.

To make exiting the car more comfortable an additional handle was added at the request of the Vatican. The ŠKODA Enyaq iVs are painted in black metallic and have black interiors. One neat touch is that via a dedicated website, greetings can be addressed to the Pope that will be displayed virtually in his zero-emissions car.

Yesterday, the Pontiff travelled to Košice where he met with representatives of the Roma community. Today, the head of the Catholic Church will be travelling to the pilgrimage site of Šaštín before returning to Rome.

ŠKODA, who plan to add three new electric cars to their line-up, has launched a dedicated website for the Pope’s visit to Slovakia, where people from all over the world can send greetings to the Pontiff as he travels through Slovakia. This also gives those who cannot attend the public events in person the opportunity to address Pope Francis.

We think it’s positive that someone as prominent as the Pope would choose to use zero emissions electric cars for his visit. This sends the right message to the world and will hopefully encourage more people to use electric vehicles. We hope that more influential people follow suit and help the world adopt electric cars.

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