Imelda Labbé, board member for Marketing, Sales and After-Sales of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, and Dr. Christian Dahlheim, Chairman of Volkswagen Financial Services AG, recently personally handed over the first two electric cars – two ID.3 Pro Performance models – to the Vatican.

Volkswagen thus takes on a crucial role in the green future of Vatican City. As part of an ambitious project to make the city-state climate neutral by 2030, Volkswagen will supply almost forty fully electric models from the ID. series as part of its decarbonization strategy. This move marks an important shift towards sustainable mobility for Vatican City, a state known for its historical and cultural heritage, but now also playing a pioneering role in environmental protection.

The first two electric cars, ID.3 Pro Performance models, have already been delivered, heralding the start of a large-scale transition to electric vehicles. This initiative is part of Vatican City's 'Ecological Conversion 2030', a program aimed at reducing CO2 emissions by electrifying its entire vehicle fleet by 2030.


Vatican City's initiative to transform its mobility system is an illustration of the growing awareness and action against climate change. This collaboration with Volkswagen underlines the potential of public-private partnerships in addressing global environmental issues. The choice of electric vehicles, which are known for their lower environmental impact compared to traditional fuel cars, reflects a strategic approach to environmental sustainability.

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The project shows that even small states like Vatican City can play a significant role in the fight against climate change. will deliver at the beginning of 2024 car manufacturer almost forty fully electric models from the ID. family to the smallest independent state in the world, ranging from the ID.3 and ID.4 to the ID.5. The new electric cars are part of Vatican City's decarbonization strategy, which aims to make the Vatican's fleet climate neutral by 2030.

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This project is an important part of a broader movement towards sustainability, not only in Vatican City but also worldwide. It sets an example for other states and entities striving for a greener future. Vatican City's transition to an all-electric fleet can serve as a blueprint for similar initiatives worldwide.

It is no surprise that Volkswagen has been very popular among motorists in our country for decades. Where the Beetle once set trends, today the Polo, Golf and new ID. models do so. And that Volkswagen's popularity remains as high as ever in 2023, is evident from a recent analysis by RDC and RAI Association. On January 1 of this year, no fewer than 11,2 percent of the more than 9,2 million cars on Dutch roads were Volkswagens. That's more than a million Volkswagens. By the way, Volkswagen is by far the only millionaire in the Netherlands in terms of popularity. The difference compared to number 2 in this list is more than 400.000 cars. And that makes the Netherlands a real Volkswagen country.

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