The hydrogen-electric Toyota Mirai is the first ecological popemobile in the Vatican's special garage. Two copies of the model were specially prepared for Pope Francis at the request of the Conference of Japanese Bishops and will be used by the head of the Catholic Church in November during the pontiff's visit to the Asian country.
Built on the same platform as the Prius hybrid, the Mirai has undergone a number of modifications to function as a popemobile. The body was lengthened by 21 cm and a special structure was installed at the rear, which increased the overall assembly height to 2.7 m (almost 1.17 m more than the production car).
The current Pope has ditched armored vehicles, so the Toyota hybrid has no ballistic protection and only a windshield of sorts in a structure built to carry the Pope.
Improvements to the mechanical assembly of the Mirai daddy are not reported. The production car is equipped with a 152 hp electric motor, the batteries of which do not require external recharging and are powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which guarantees a range of more than 500 km.