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Volkswagen has announced at the beginning of 2024 it will deliver 40 fully electric models to the Vatican City State (VCS).

The models will be from VW’s ID. family, ranging from the ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5.

The vehicles are part of the VCS decarbonisation strategy, aiming to make the Vatican fleet climate-neutral by 2030.

Imelda Labbé, Member of the Board of Management for Sales, Marketing and After-Sales at Volkswagen Passenger Cars said: “The electrification of fleets is becoming increasingly important across the globe. The fact that Vatican employees will now also be among our ID. drivers in the future is a great target and honour for our brand and underscores the attractiveness of our all-electric ID. models.”

Dr. Christian Dahlheim added: “We are delighted to support the Vatican in this important project. This is something very special for us and shows that we are absolutely competitive with our mobility solutions.”

The Vatican City State says it is strongly committed to the implementation of sustainable solutions.

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Mobility is at the core of its program called “Ecological Conversion 2030”, which aims to reduce the CO2 footprint of the state’s vehicle fleet.

To achieve this, the existing vehicles are to be gradually replaced by electric ones to make the entire fleet CO2-neutral by 2030.

Volkswagen is the chosen partner for this project. Through Volkswagen Financial Services it will supply the Vatican State with a fleet starting from the beginning of 2024.

At later stages, further zero-emission vehicles also from the Volkswagen Group brands will be progressively handed over up until the entire fleet has been completely replaced by 2030.