AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Fiat Pushes Methane Cars

November 17th, 2008 at 12:28pm

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With all this talk about alternative fuels, it’s worth taking a look at the one that seems to be catching on in Europe.

In Europe, cars that can run on methane are becoming more and more popular. And Fiat is the most aggressive European manufacturer that’s jumping on that trend.  They have a full line-up of methane vehicles.

Now, the company just unveiled a version of the compact car called the Punto that can run on both methane and gasoline. And on methane it only emits 115 grams of CO2 per kilometer, versus 145 when it runs on gasoline.

It only costs 12 Euro to fill the methane tank, which is about $16 bucks, and provides over 180 miles of range. Interestingly, if you fill both the gasoline tank and the methane tank, the car can travel over 600 miles. And this all explains why methane cars in Europe are becoming more popular.

3 Comments to “AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Fiat Pushes Methane Cars”

  1. John Says:

    John McElroy,

    Gould you do more stories on Alternative Fuel Infrastructure in the U.S. ?

    Specifically, what is currently established, where it is, why it is there, and who the special interests that are, that are for, and against, the widespread use in the U.S.

    The guy that posted that video comment that you showed last week on Autoline Daily thinks that we don’t have enough natural gas to use for transportation.

    I know that they were sutting down natural gas production this year because the demand was too low, driving the price below the cost of extraction.

    We have more natural gas than we know what to do with.

    Interview T.Boone Pickens and set the record straight.


  2. John Says:


    I need an edit/spell checker too on this blog.

    That should be “Could” and “shutting” .

  3. Wayne Brehob Says:

    If one does the math, with gas at $2 per gallon, going 180 miles in a small car, that is “smaller” because of the methane tank, is not that attractive. We won’t have alternate fuel cars until gas goes to $4 per gallon or higher and stays there.