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When he is outside the Vatican, Pope Benedict's current ride is a modified white Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV with a bulletproof glass cabin that provides a full 360-degree view for the Pope to wave to crowds.

Current chatter is that the Pope has ordered a green Popemobile, a sign of his efforts to promote sustainable energy and pay respect to the planet.

According to the German business paper, Wirtschaftswoche, a Mercedes' source reported that a new Popemobile, based on an updated M-Class, was being developed "on behalf of customers in the Vatican". It is claimed that the vehicle will have a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that should provide enough power "to keep the car ticking over for 16 miles at cruising speeds low enough for the pontiff to seen by the faithful" while a gas engine will kick in at higher speeds.

Wirtschaftswoche also stated that the Pope had wanted an all-electric car but "this idea was scrapped because a battery may have lacked the power and speed needed to shift the five-ton vehicle in an emergency situation."

PETA also claims that it has urged Pope Benedict XVI to "truly go green" and insist that the next Popemobile is made without leather. PETA said it had appealed to the Pope with the request "following the Vatican's confirmation last Wednesday that Mercedes-Benz is creating a green Popemobile".

The letter, dated June 22 and also sent to The Associated Press, said PETA counts many Catholics among its members and suggested that a leather-free car could "help the environment and prevent animal suffering".

The Vatican press office noted on Friday that it hadn't seen the letter and couldn't comment.

But, nevertheless, the stories keep coming. One source noted that last year a Vatican spokesman said that the Pope wanted a solar-powered electric vehicle that would gain its propulsion from "the heavens."

Of course Mercedes and the Vatican are keeping mum so far, so we'll have to wait and see.

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