LOS ANGELES—Fisker Inc. still in the process of ramping up production of its much-anticipated Ocean SUV, but it already has plans to supply Pope Francis with a modified version of the vehicle.
“An all-electric papal transport will provide the first exhaust-free and emissions-free experience for those gathered for blessings by His Holiness,” says Henrik Fisker, who recently met with Pope Francis in Vatican City. “The spacious interior of the Ocean supports a large, modern, all-glass cupola, offering accessibility and visibility for Pope Francis to greet the faithful.
"I got inspired reading that Pope Francis is very considerate about the environment and the impact of climate change for future generations," explains Fisker. "The interior of the Fisker Ocean papal transport will contain a variety of sustainable materials, including carpets made from recycled plastic bottles from the ocean."
The Ocean is scheduled to be produced in late 2022, but Fisker plans to outsource manufacturing. It will be assembled by contract manufacturers Magna Steyr at is factory in Graz, Austria.
The vehicle will be one of the first American cars in the Vatican’s fleet since a 1929 Type 837. The car, built by Graham Paige Motors Corp. in Detroit, transported Popes Pius XI and Pius XII for several decades. The historic vehicle is on currently display in the carriage pavilion of the Vatican Museum.