• May 26th 2008 at 3:52PM
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Ah, those Italians and their penchant for rolling art. While the Fiat Phylla solar car concept may not yet exist in drivable form, it's asymmetrical styling sure is an attention getter. Presented a few days ago in Turin, Italy during "Uniamo le energie," this city car is designed to use solar panels and a hydrogen fuel cell to send power to each of its four wheels yet emit nothing but water and good vibes.

The project involved many different entities and agencies including the Piedmont Region, which sponsored and funded the undertaking, From Concept to Car and the Institute of Applied Art and Design, to name just a few, while the effort was directed by the Fiat Research Center. Besides its environmental goals of producing a high efficiency, recyclable vehicle powered chiefly by alternative sources of energy including solar, hydropower and biogas, the group sought to create a product that would be amenable to car-sharing programs and be inexpensive to operate. Indeed, since the Phylla is said to be capable of traveling 18 kilometers (11 miles) with just the energy it captures from the sun during the day, we think it is within reach of at least some of its goals.

[Source: Regione Piemonte H/T to Justin]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      in fact some of the features of the car are likely to be seen on the Topolino targeted for production in Serbia in 2010...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is that not the most adorable thing you've ever seen? It looks like a robot puppy from the future.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Interesting , but will never make it into the real world. if those really want 2 see the video here it is - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDh6Wvm0fUg
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thanks for the comment. We did a post on a Panda BEV. http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/05/13/electric-fiat-panda-conversions-available-in-europe/
      If this is a different Panda than the MES DEA one, let us know.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its absolutely amazing the resistance within Fiat to making
      a BEV, considering there is a Panda BEV being manufactured
      in limited production and near secrecy not 4km from my home
      here in northern italy . I guess they must have also signed the
      2010 agreement !
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