Fiat Rolls Out 300,000th CNG Panda Natural Power

| Italy, Turin

Fiat Panda TwinAir 80 HP 0.9 Natural Power 2017Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), has rolled out its 300,000th natural gas powered Panda. The Panda Natural Power, able to operate on Compressed Natural gas (CNG), biomethane, or a mix of the two fuels, has been celebrated by staff and is destined to be used in many events, beginning with the forthcoming International Motor Show in Geneva. Read more »

Collaborators Focus on Promoting Natural Gas Vehicles and Fuel in Europe

| France, La Défense
gnv-je-roule-au-gaz-naturel (ENGIE)

(Image: ENGIE)

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), IVECO (a brand of CNH Industrial) and ENGIE have agreed to collaborate on the promotion of natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in Europe, with a particular focus on certain countries and regions. The initiative will unfold first in the Wallonia region of Belgium. The collaboration is in line with the implementation of the DAFI Directive (Directive 2014/94 – Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructures) and is part of a wider set of initiatives to promote sustainable mobility. Read more »

Belgian Municipalities Select CNG for Sustainable Fleets

| Belgium, Melle

Fiat New Doblo Natural PowerTwo conventional fuel vehicles in each of the Belgian municipality fleets of Berlaar, Wervik and Londerzeel have recently been replaced by natural gas vehicles as these local government bodies seek alternatives to fossil fuels and transition to sustainable fleets. All replacement vehicles are the Fiat Doblò Cargo. Read more »

Biomethane Showcased in Italy

| Italy, Rome

CNH Industrial NGVs Verona Biomethane Day Dec 2014The Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB), Assogasmetano and NGV Italy, in partnership with Italian vehicle manufacturers CNH Industrial and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, held Italy’s first  “Biomethane Day” in Isola della Scala (Verona, Italy) early December. La Torre, a Zootechnical Agricultural Cooperative in Isola della Scala, was both venue and exemplary real-world showcase for how the use of biomethane can improve the competitiveness of agricultural enterprises, develop innovation and create stable jobs. Read more »

Fiat NGVs to Serve Italy’s EU Presidency

| Italy, Milan
Fiat 500L

Fiat 500L 0.9 TwinAir Turbo 80cv Natural Power

In Milan this week, Fiat-Chrysler has debuted the vehicle fleet which, as sponsor, it has provided to the Italian government for use during its six-month Presidency of the European Council. Included in the fleet of 61 vehicles are compressed natural gas (CNG) hybrids — 40 Fiat 500Ls and 1 Fiat Panda. As supplier, Fiat will be responsible for providing, free of charge, all official transportation for national and European delegations connected with the Italian Presidency.

(Source: Fiat)

Ecomobiliste Latest Assessment of NGVs on Swiss Market

| Switzerland
VW Golf VII Variant TDI BlueMotion

VW Golf VII Variant TDI BlueMotion

The database of EcoMobiliste, the publication of the Swiss Transport and Environment Association (ATE) – which provides information about the least harmful cars to environment available on the Swiss market – has been updated to the end of October 2013. While it shows new models are pushing fuel consumption down, it is once again natural gas vehicles (NGVs) that lead the way. First and foremost is the VW Golf VII with a CO2 emission rate of only 74 g / km using Swiss natural gas, attracting the maximum 5-star rating. Read more »

Lancia Opens Bi-fuel Ypsilon Ecochic Methane Order Book in Italy

| Italy, Turin

Lancia Ypsilon Metano

86g/km CO2 emissions and consumption of 3.1kg/100km in the combined cycle

Lancia opened its order books for the Ypsilon Ecochic Methane in Italy mid-December. Equipped with the 80HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo bi-fuel engine, the new Ypsilon delivers reduced CO2 emission levels (86 g/km) and low fuel consumption (3.1 kg/100 km in the combined type-approval cycle) when running on compressed natural gas (CNG). Lancia plans an ‘open door’ event for 19 and 20 January at Lancia dealerships in Italy to début the new model. Read more »

Iveco Natural Gas Fleet the Culmination of Waste-to-Biomethane Initiative

| France

The methane molecule symbolises the initiative culminating in a biomethane-powered fleet. (Image: Sydeme)

Iveco S.p.A, a Fiat-owned industrial vehicle and bus manufacturing company based in Turin, Italy, has delivered 34 natural gas vehicles (NGVs) to Sydeme, the public company in charge of the management of domestic waste in Moselle-Est (north-east France). The vehicles consist of six Fiat Professional vans (four Fiorino and two Doblò) and 28 Iveco vehicles which were on display during the ‘Journee Filiere BioMethane’, a day dedicated to biomethane production and valorization, held October 23 in Forbach. Read more »

European Blue Corridor Event Delivers Valuable Insights for NGV Community

| Europe | Source: Eugene Pronin, NGVRUS

The 2012 Blue Corridor rally stops over in Berlin.

At 08:00 on the 8th of September 2012 eight methane powered vehicles hit the road from Moscow to Paris and back for the ‘Blue Corridor-2012’ NGV Rally. While promotional in nature, the 6700 km – 17 day event provided an important insight into challenges and opportunities for the European natural gas fuels community. Read more »

Fiat to Debut 2013 Panda Natural Power in Paris

| Italy, Turin

2013 Fiat Panda

2013 Panda Natural Power: more power, more torque, less Co2

The new Fiat Panda 4×4, including a new Natural Power version, will be making its debut at the forthcoming international Paris Motor Show in a few days. Today’s third-generation four-wheel drive Panda Natural Power is equipped with a bi-fuel (natural gas and petrol) 80 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo engine to combine all the running cost and eco-friendly advantages of natural gas with Turbo TwinAir performance. Read more »