Pope Gets Renault Kangoo Electric Car … Toyota Shows Off the Smart INSECT…Gas Prices Hit All-Time High in Calif.

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MyPerfectAutomobile reports on Renault’s donation of a pair of Kangoo ZE electric cars to Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican has recently gone green and Renault customized the cars for papal use. Toyota showcased its super-high-tech INSECT at a major expo in Tokyo last week. The car features cameras that are capable of advanced facial recognition. Californians saw pump prices reach all-time highs last week, as a refinery shutdown was a primary cause of the supply crunch.

A Renault Kangoo ZE

A Renault Kangoo ZE

The Renault Kangoo ZE electric has zero emissions and gets 105 miles per charge.

Renault Donates EV to Pope Benedict

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn personally delivered two of the company’s Kangoo electric vehicles to the Pope last week. The Pontiff and his staff have used alternative fuel cars in the past, but those models were for one-time use or special occasions. The two Kangoos will become the Pope’s official transportation. The cars have been specially customized to account for security needs and Pope Benedict’s mobility needs. For the complete story, see:

Toyota Smart INSECT at Japan’s CEATEC Expo

Japan‘s Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies in Tokyo last week was the venue for Toyota‘s newest high-tech vehicle, the Smart INSECT. The gull-wing doors, along with an array of ultra-high-tech gadgetry, make the vehicle one of the most computerized concept cars ever to debut. The car features special sensors that detect the presence of the driver. For the complete story, see:

Gasoline Prices Reach Record Highs in California

Refinery fires, pipeline problems, and low reserves edged gasoline prices past $4.60 per gallon for the first time ever in California history. Severe spot shortages in some regions of the state forced several station owners to close their doors for the time being. Officials say prices should level off next week after the disabled refinery comes back online. For the complete story, see:

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