• Sep 17th 2006 at 7:03PM
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In addition to the higher-output Panda Sport, Fiat will be showing two new methane-powered vehicles at the Paris show at the end of the month. Over the past year, across Europe, Fiat has sold 24,000 methane-powered cars; the major advantage being reduced CO2 emissions.

The rather oddly-named Panda Panda (shown) is a flexible-fuel vehicle that can run on either methane or conventional gasoline, going on sale in Italy beginning January. Using the floor-plan from the four-wheel-drive Panda but driving only through the front wheels, the supplemental methane tanks are placed where the 4WD mechanicals would be, giving the Panda Panda the bonus of increased range.

The Multipla Multi-eco concept, meanwhile, runs on methane, gasoline or E85 bioethanol. Like the Panda Panda, the methane is stored in separate tanks, while the main tank takes either gas or bioethanol, leaving the ECU to switch modes automatically according to the fuel used.

We're still waiting for our flying DeLorean that runs on either plutonium or garbage, with a flux capacitor pumping out 1.21 gigawatts!

(More pics of the Panda Panda after the jump.)

[Sources: Fiat, Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a great design! I really hope they start making these new cars reliable and affordable soon.

      Great concept and good news for the future though.
      • 9 Years Ago
      In some countries of europe is quite common to use LPG or methane powered cars (in the city where I live there are 2 methane fuel resellers and 12 LPG resellers).
      almost ANY gasoline car can be turned in a dual-fuel car (cng+gasoline or lpg + gasoline). it is not rocket science: we are doing it since 30 years ago. (Chevrolet and Chrysler do offer this conversion for ALL the models sold here... from the matiz to the Escalade, for example).
      there are 2 main reasons for paying 2000 euros for this conversion:
      1) CNG costs of 1/4 of gasoline. LPG costs 1/2 of gasoline.
      2) circulation of cng/lpg cars is always allowed, also during "green sundays".

      in other words: if you own a < EURO 4 car you can convert it to CNG or GPL in order to have a car that is considered "environment friendly" and is not subject to blocks during "green sundays".

      there are several producers of these conversion kits.

      this is the conversion kit I installed on my hyundai tiburon 2.7 V6 (which is considered a VERY expensive car to mantain here, if you want to keep using it with gasoline): http://www.landirenzo.com/prodotti/scheda_sistema_gpl07.html.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The concept is excellent but the looks of the car can be improved.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I applaud the idea of multiple-fuel cars, but I must say that I never thought that Fiat could make the Multipla even UGLIER that it already was.

      But after all, what looks would you expect from a car that can run on gas produced by excrements? ;-)
      • 9 Years Ago
      "The rather oddly-named Panda Panda (shown) is a flexible-fuel vehicle that can run on either methane or conventional gasoline, going on sale in Italy beginning January."
      What's going on sale in Italy beginning in January, methane, conventional gasoline or the oddly-named Panda Panda?
      • 9 Years Ago
      So the methane is the same thing as Compressed Natural Gas, no ? So this is a CNG/ethanol/gasoline trifuel car ?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It may seem crude to say a car runs on excrement gas, but it's much less crude than dino juice. Italy actually has a few hundred thousand methane cars on its roads. Methane can also be produced from biomaterial, anything that is biodegradable. It's like ideal meets reality: waste goes out and a valuable resource comes in.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the design of this car is a lot like the smart car that is very popular in the EU
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Pig shit. The lights, the motors, the vehicles, all run by a high-powered gas called methane. And methane cometh from pig shit."
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a friend in Italy who installs methane tanks in cars. My father did it in a wolksvagen and in a mercedes. But you can do it in almost any kind of car you want. It's a very common thing in Italy. But.... you can find the place to fuel up! I wish we had the same opportunity here in USA..
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