The Japanese Bishops’ Conference presented Pope Francis with a new popemobile based on the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai.

It is one of two exclusive Mirai models that the Japanese brand had made specifically for the journeys of the Holy Father during his apostolic trip to Japan in November of last year. Cars that were originally donated to the Japanese Bishops’ Conference.

The presentation ceremony held on October 7 was attended by Father Domenico Makoto Wada, representative of the Japanese Bishops’ Conference, and Mr. Seiji Okada, Japanese Ambassador to the Holy See.

Representing Toyota, there was a six-person delegation, led by Miguel Fonseca, Senior Vice President of Toyota Motor Europe, and Mauro Caruccio, CEO of Toyota Motor Italia.

The Mirai fuel cell transformed into a 5.1 meter long white Popemobile. The height, including the ceiling, is 2.7 meters. The car, it should be remembered, thanks to its fuel cell system offers a range of up to 500 km.