A new, greener popemobile. This is what Pope Francis was offered this Tuesday by Toyota. The Japanese car manufacturer gave him a gift of a Toyota Mirai, a sedan that has the particularity of emitting no CO2 emissions.
On Twitter, Toyota clarified that this donation also came from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan (CBCJ).
Another peculiarity of the new popemobile, it benefits from a high seat and safety windows as well as a step at the rear door to facilitate the rise of the Pope. It is adorned with Vatican flags.
Hydrogen vehicle, the Toyota Mirai ("future" in Japanese) works "By a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen in fuel cells rather than by the combustion of fossil fuels", indicates the brand on its site. The process thus powers the electric motor while rejecting only water and no carbon dioxide. The Mirai is not the only hydrogen vehicle from the automaker that decided to bet on this technology very early on.
This gift responds to ecological convictions that the Pope has expressed on several occasions, especially last September. He indeed received at the Vatican sixteen French personalities to address the questions posed by ecology – including the actress Juliette Binoche and the president of the conference of bishops of France, Mgr Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, as well as Audrey Pulvar, deputy to the mayor of Paris who sent the pope an invitation from Anne Hidalgo to come to Paris in December 2020. A year earlier, Pope Francis had called on the faithful to be aware of their sins against the environment, evoking his astonishment rarely hear about it in confession.