Pope Francis has been provided with two Skoda Enyaq iV electric cars for his visit to Slovakia this week.
The pair of electric SUVs have been specially adapted, with clear glass windows replacing the standard-fit tinted versions so that the Pontiff can be more easily seen, while chrome standard holders have been installed on the front wing of the passenger side in order to fly the Vatican flag.
The official logo of the papal visit has been applied to the exterior mirror housing, while an additional handle has been fitted to make exiting the car more comfortable.
The Pope is visiting Slovakia from 12-15 September at the invitation of President Zuzana Čaputová. He’ll be travelling to Košice before travelling to the pilgrimage site of Šaštín prior to returning to Rome at midday on Wednesday 14.
Pope Francis (@Pontifex) is travelling in a #SKODA #ENYAQiV during his visit to Slovakia (12–15/9). 🇸🇰Two all-electric SUVs have been specially adapted to suit the Vatican’s requirements; another two cars – two #SkodaKaroq – are used as escort vehicles.
— ŠKODA AUTO NEWS (@skodaautonews) September 13, 2021
Skoda has also launched a dedicated website for the Pope’s visit, which will allow people from all over the world to send greetings to the Pontiff as he journeys through Slovakia. Through augmented reality, these greetings sent to the website will be displayed on a virtual 3D model of the Enyaq on the website.
The Enyaq iV is one of Skoda’s latest fully electric cars, bringing a range of up to 332 miles from a single charge. Thanks to 125kW rapid charging, it can be taken from 10 to 80 per cent in 38 minutes.