Fiat Group Automobiles at the fourth edition of the “NGV 2013” show
- On show are the Natural Power versions of the Fiat Punto and Fiat Doblò Cargo to represent the widest bi-fuel (methane/petrol) range on sale in Europe.
- From 1997 to date, Fiat has sold over 560,000 Natural Power cars and commercial vehicles.
- Methane, a concrete and readily available alternative.
- The methane-powered TwinAir Turbo voted ‘Best Green Engine of the Year 2013’.
Fiat Group Automobiles is attending the “NGV Europe International Show and Workshops” from 11 to 13 June in Gothenburg (Sweden) with its own stand. Now in its fourth edition, the event is organised by NGVA Europe (European Natural and bio Gas Vehicles Association), whose members include the leading European companies, one of which is Fiat Group Automobiles. Its mission is to develop a sustainable and advantageous market for this type of vehicle throughout Europe.
Fiat Group Automobiles has also chosen to be a ‘Gold’ sponsor of the event, reasserting its commitment to sustainable mobility, contributing to disseminating the culture of methane and introducing the most eco-friendly solutions on today’s market to the general public. What’s more, on 12 June Massimo Ferrera, Director of Alternative Fuel Engines - Powertrain Research & Technology at the Fiat Research Centre, will take part in the “Vehicles and Vessels” workshop with a contribution entitled ‘Natural Gas: the Green Choice for Transportation’.
The Natural Power versions of the Fiat Punto and Fiat Doblò Cargo on show
World leader in the methane car and commercial vehicle sector, Fiat will exhibit two Natural Power models at Gothenburg, with bi-fuel methane/petrol supply, both distinguished by specific equipment for cold climates: the Fiat Punto and the Fiat Doblò Cargo commercial vehicle. The first adopts a 77 HP bi-fuel 1.4 8v Fire engine which, when running on methane, delivers 70 HP at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 104 Nm at 3,000 rpm. In particular, the engine on the Fiat Punto Natural Power ensures low CO2 emission (115 g/km), excellent drivability and good performance: the top speed is 162 km/h. The Fiat Doblò Cargo Natural Power will also be in attendance, equipped with the powerful 1.4 16v Fire T-Jet engine in its bi-fuel (methane and petrol) configuration, a perfect marriage of eco-friendliness and low running costs, but without sacrificing on performance. It boasts outstanding driving flexibility and is great at setting off, even with a full load, thanks to its high power (120 HP at 5,000 rpm) and torque (206 Nm at 2,000 rpm) levels and its remarkably prompt response, ensured by the low inertia of the turbocharger with intercooler. All while ensuring a significant reduction in fuel emissions and consumption: 134 g/km of CO2 and 4.9 kg/100 km of methane in the combined cycle.
European leadership with the Natural Power range
For over 15 years, the Fiat Group has been the leading European original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for methane-fuelled vehicles, the one which offers the widest eco-friendly range with bi-fuel supply (methane/petrol), which accommodates the needs of a broad clientèle, including goods transport professionals: from 1997 to date, Fiat has sold over 560,000 Natural Power cars and commercial vehicles.
It should be noted that all Fiat’s methane-fuelled cars are Original Equipment (OEM). This means that they are factory manufactured, guaranteed by the brand itself and marketed through the normal sales network. In this way, customers can be sure that safety standards are complied with and that quality and reliability are paramount, in addition to benefiting from lower running costs and the implementation of the most advanced technologies in this field.
Lastly, mention must be made that the methane range has certainly contributed significantly to the records acknowledged in the latest research by JATO Dynamics, world leader in automotive consultancy and research. Indeed, in 2012, for the sixth year running, Fiat proved to be the brand which recorded the lowest level of CO2 emissions in Europe among the best-selling automotive brands, with an average value of 119.8 g/km. And that’s not all. Over the last 5 years, Fiat has reduced its average emissions by 13%, which is significantly lower than the target of 130 g/km set out by the European Union for 2015.
Methane, a concrete and readily available alternative
In the field of alternative fuels, Fiat considers that methane engines are now the most appropriate technological choice for contributing to the reduction of pollution in urban areas and the limitation of CO2 emissions. Methane engines minimise the most harmful emissions such as particulate (practically reduced to zero), nitrogen oxide and the most reactive hydrocarbons which cause the formation of other pollutants. They also generate 23% less CO2 compared to petrol engines. Therefore, methane is the "cleanest" and cheapest fuel available today and it is also potentially a source of renewable energy thanks to the development of biomethane. It is a gas of non-fossil origin, produced through anaerobic digestion and purified to reach a composition similar to that envisaged for natural gas. More specifically, from a "well-to-wheel" point of view, a vehicle powered by biomethane produces CO2 emissions comparable to those of an electric vehicle powered by energy produced by renewable sources. All Fiat methane engines are compatible with biomethane.
The methane-powered TwinAir Turbo voted ‘Best Green Engine of the Year 2013’
A few days ago the latest addition to the TwinAir family, the innovative 0.9 TwinAir Turbo bi-fuel methane-powered engine received the ‘Best Green Engine of the Year 2013’ title, one of the twelve categories of the prestigious ‘International Engine of the Year Awards’.
Launched last year for the first time on the new Fiat Panda, this innovative two-cylinder engine combines the environmental benefits of methane fuel supply with the power and fun at the wheel ensured by Turbo TwinAir technology. This is demonstrated by its maximum power of 80 HP (59 kW) at 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of a generous 140 Nm at just 2,500 rpm. All while ensuring reduced emissions and consumption: for instance, the new Fiat Panda TwinAir Turbo Natural Power produces 86 g/km of CO2, a level among the lowest on the market, and it uses up just 3.1 kg of methane every 100 km (combined cycle). Currently the new 0.9 TwinAir Turbo Natural Power 80 HP is available on the Fiat Panda and 500L Natural Power models as well as on the Lancia Ypsilon EcoChic.