Pope Francis, who has long been an advocate of fighting climate change, now gets his own electric car. The car was apparently a gift from one of his supporters.
The Nissan Leaf was a gift from German asset manager Jochen Wermuth. It can travel to 107 miles per an hour of battery charge. Wermuth offered a Tesla Model S electric limousine, but the pope declined; saying that he would be better off with a smaller car.
The two men took the new Nissan Leaf car on a test drive in the Vatican; with Wermuth driving while the pope sat in the front sit alongside him.
According to Wermuth, the pope is the “last superstar on Earth”; referring to him as the “example for other heads of state as well as every man on Earth.”
Aside from the car, Wermuth is also working with the Vatican to update the investment Strategy for the Holy See along with the climate views of the Pope. To guide them, they are using the Pope’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato si’: On Care for Our Common Home.
“Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it,” as said in one of his speeches in his encyclical.
Wermuth is known for being generous as he is one of the people who gives the largest donation to an environmental group of Germany. He has already donated $630,000 to support the Greens’ election campaigns in Berlin, Baden-Württemberg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Currently, he is trying to influence other people to limit their use of fossil fuels.