Volkswagen’s EV Initiative is a Heavenly Endeavor

November 20th, 2023 by

As Volkswagen continues its mission of supplying sustainable mobility, a powerful – if somewhat unexpected – new partner in the crusade against carbon emissions has emerged: the Pope. 

That’s right – the Popemobile is going electric. 

In recent years, the Vatican City State has committed itself to the implementation of sustainable solutions that help reduce mankind’s carbon footprint. To that end, they’ve established a program called “Ecological Conversion 2030,” which aims to replace existing vehicles in the state’s vehicle fleet with electric alternatives. The goal for this decarbonization strategy is an entirely climate-neutral fleet by the start of the new decade. 

To reach this admirable goal, the Vatican has enlisted Volkswagen to help spearhead the transition process. 


Last week, Volkswagen personally delivered the first two electric vehicles of the transition to the Vatican: a pair of ID.3 Pro Performance models. All told, VW will deliver nearly 40 models from the fully electric ID. line, including the ID.3, ID.4, and ID.5. 

Volkswagen will supply the Vatican fleet with ID. Models beginning in 2024, and will continue to replace the Vatican’s current vehicles with zero-emission alternatives until the fleet is completely replaced by electric vehicles in 2030. 

In turn, the Vatican has agreed to build of network charging stations within its walls and properties in Rome, and employees will be allowed to use them as their private vehicles. 

Back here in the states, Volkswagen of Macon is your home for the ID. family of electric vehicles, including the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro. 

EV Charging Stations in Macon 

You don’t need a seat at St. Peter’s Basilica to take responsibility for your own carbon footprint today. Volkswagen of Macon is your home to plug into the electric vehicle revolution today.  

Once you’re charged up and ready to go, here’s a guide to a few locations in the Macon area where you can charge your EV: 

  • ChargePoint Charging Station on 1501 Mercer University Dr, Macon, GA 31204 
  • ChargePoint Charging Station on 6255 Zebulon Rd, Macon, GA 31210 
  • ChargePoint Charging Station on 4785 Riverside Dr, Macon, GA 31210 
  • Blink Charging Station on 100 College Station Dr, Macon, GA 31206 

Lead the Charge 

If all goes according to plan, the entire fleet of Vatican vehicles should be electric-only by 2030. But by that time, the Vatican’s commitment to decarbonization should look like the standard. With more charging stations popping up every day, electric vehicles are here to stay in the United States, Rome, and all over the world. 

At Volkswagen of Macon, whether you’re ready to make the jump to electric or not, you’ll find what you need with our vast inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles. Perhaps you’re ready to sell your old vehicle and take the next step towards climate neutrality; we can help you take care of that as well. 

As we become more aware of climate concerns, it will take a collaborative effort between all of us to take back our planet – from the average commuter all the way up to the top of the Vatican. You can do your part today with the help of Volkswagen of Macon, Bibb County’s most reliable dealership. 

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