Pope Francis going green with electric-powered popemobile

Pope Francis
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Pope Francis will officially swap in his popemobile for a new model running entirely on electric power.

In May, the pope met with founders of the California-based electric car startup Fisker, who shared renderings of the mobile they are planning to put into production and have ready to deliver by the end of the year, according to NBC News.

“I got inspired reading that Pope Francis is very considerate about the environment and the impact of climate change for future generations,” co-founder Henrik Fisker said in a statement.

When the vehicle is finished, it will feature a solar roof, a retractable glass cupola and a sustainable interior details like carpet made out of recycled plastic bottle, per Reuters.

If you’re debating whether to switch to an electric vehicle, AAA has information about electric car batteries.

According to AAA, the law states that automakers need to warrant electric vehicle batteries for eight years or 100,000 miles. This will help cover repair costs and is an excellent opportunity for car owners to save money.
When driving, EV batteries are expected to last a decade before the owner needs to replace them.

If you’re looking to save some cash, True Car reports that owners who charge at home can save up to $1,000 a year compared to gasoline. When switching to electric, fewer moving parts and no internal combustion are less expensive, a benefit for owners who are keen on reducing the effects of their transportation on the environment and their wallet.

For more ideas on how you can save the planet, visit 1Thing.

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