Pope Benedict XVI is no spring chicken, but he’s living proof that you can teach an old pope new tricks. The 85-year-old head of the Catholic Church has built a reputation for himself as an environmental advocate (he had solar panels installed on the Vatican) and recently backed up those claims by getting blessed with his very own electric vehicle (EV).

Unlike the rest of us, the Pope didn’t have to spend months comparing brand attributes and stressing over high cost versus benefit. Benedict’s brand new eco-friendly car was a gift from Renault, an EV car maker based in France. In order to allow the Holy Father to keep his options open, Renault donated not one but two new electric cars, both based on the Kangoo Maxi Z.E., an electric, glazed version of the Kangoo delivery van used throughout Europe. Each has 60 horsepower, and a range of just over 100 miles.

Of course, Pope Benedict is no ordinary EV enthusiast, so these are no ordinary Kangoos. The Washington Post has more on what makes these EVs unique, and how they’ll be put to use transporting His Holiness:

“The first of the Pope’s new vehicles is painted in a saintly shade of white, with the Papal coat of arms emblazoned across the doors. The car will be used when the Pope is traveling at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. The second will be used by the Corps of Gendarmerie Corps in Vatican City, the Pope’s own personal police force, and is painted blue with a yellow and white stripe down the side.”

With the addition of two new Renaults, the Vatican now has an impressive fleet of three different EVs at its disposal. Earlier this year, Italian automaker NWG donated an electric car to the Vatican, but it was for the press office to use.

Photo: A Renault Kangoo, similar to the one donated to the Pope. Credit: BKM_BR/Flickr