Pope Francis Given Second Hydrogen-Powered Toyota Mirai Popemobile
October 13, 2020
A specially-made hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai has been delivered to Pope Francis’s residence in the Vatican City. This hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai is the second of the two hydrogen cars which have been donated to the Vatican after Pope Francis’s visit to Japan in November last year.
The Toyota Mirai: A zero emission vehicle
The Toyota Mirai uses a hydrogen fuel cell system which results in completely zero-emissions propulsion. The only end product is water. The Toyota Mirai has a range of up to 500 km per tank of hydrogen.
The handover of the hydrogen car was conducted during a ceremony attended by Rev. Father Domenico Marokot Wada, representing the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan and a delegation of six Toyota representatives, including senior vice president of Toyota Motor Europe Miguel Fonseca.
The zero-emissions hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai aligns with the Pope’s vision for a cleaner environmental future. In his 2015 encyclical Laudato si’, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of preserving the earth as our home and to safeguard that what is around us.