The Washington Post
reports that Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, who runs the Vatican City state, said that Pope Benedict would "certainly prefer" an electric popemobile to a traditional petroleum-powered one, given his priority to make the Vatican a leader in green energy.
Lajolo made the comment during his presentation of a book on the Vatican's ecological efforts, "The energy of the sun in the Vatican." The book documents the 2008 PV installation on the Vatican's auditorium, and the 2009 installation of a solar cooling unit above the cafeteria.
German-based firm SolarWorld provided the PV cells for the auditorium and said it has discussed the idea of providing the pope with a solar-powered electric car. Though, the main hurdle would be getting the Vatican security to sign off on it.
Lajolo said the car would be a sign of the Pope's ecological standing and hopes SolarWorld
can finish it, or another company donates one.