It will have an unprecedented dome so that Pope Francis can sit there standing and greet the crowd. Next year is with a brand new electric car than the 266e Pope of the Catholic Church will circulate. A second model “Zero emission” in his collection, which hosted a hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai last year.

Far from traditional builders, the model in question is still unknown to the battalion. This is the future “Ocean” SUV of the American startup Fisker, which is preparing its marketing for next November, with European production based in Austria. Fisker is far from an insignificant name in the industry, but its history has seen quite a few misfortunes.

Fisker Ocean Pape Francois

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The Pope goes green

Among the first elements revealed on the car, there is its interior, consisting of recycled materials made from plastic bottles, recovered in particular from the ocean. Future production units are estimated to have a range of 300 miles (480 kilometers), with a fast charge allowing to recover 80% of the battery capacity in 30 minutes.

The base model will be priced at $ 37,499 in the US, where Fisker targets the majority of its sales. A second birth for a brand that is both young and 14 years old. Fisker was launched in 2007, particularly known for its Fisker Karma produced from 2011, but had to end its activity in November 2012 following a bankruptcy at its battery supplier.

Today, Fisker’s name is both shared by a Chinese conglomerate that renamed the original company to “Karma Automotive”. Fisker Inc, the new startup launched in 2017 by Fisker founder Henrik Fisker in 2007 is the company responsible for the future Ocean SUV which will equip Pope Francis.

Pope Francois Fisker

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“I was inspired to read that Pope Francis is very attentive to the environment and the impact of climate change on future generations”, Henrik Fisker said in a statement. He and the Bishop of Rome met last Thursday, sharing a photo together to see the first illustrations of the electric car. A ” Common friend “ would have organized the meeting for them, reports NBC News, without giving details.