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Vatican Examines Using Hybrid Car Technology

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Pope Benedict may soon make an environmental statement when he travels overseas. The company that makes the current popemobile, Mercedes Benz, is reportedly working on a hybrid vehicle for the pontiff.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Hybrid car technology has become such a force, that even the Vatican is taking a look at it.

Our last word in business today is plug-in popemobile.

Pope Benedict may soon make an environmental statement when he travels overseas. The company that makes the current popemobile, Mercedes Benz, is reportedly working on a hybrid vehicle for the pontiff. His Holiness is also a big fan of energy from on high - that is, solar panels. But without a solar- powered car on the market, a hybrid electric was chosen instead.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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