The next popemobile will be a hybrid — not just a hybrid between a pick-up truck and a dunking booth, like usual, but a gas/electric hybrid car that can go around 16 miles in all-electric mode.
The Vatican apparently flirted with the idea of an all-electric vehicle, but decided it wouldn't have the horsepower to outrun would-be assassins in an emergency. That might be code for "too expensive" (not for the Vatican — His Holiness does not pay for his own hoopty — but for popemobile-purveyors-to-the-stars Mercedes Benz). But the pontiff's current ride only gets 12.5 miles to the gallon, since it's so heavy, so a hybrid would be a big improvement.
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