Fiat Uno Ecology Concept

Fiat Uno Ecology Concept, 987, 07.05.2010
Fiat Uno Ecology Concept, 987, 07.05.2010

Fiat surprised Brazilian journalists with a new concept car.  The Fiat Uno Ecology was introduced at the launch of the revived Uno in Brazil.

The concept is made with natural and recycled materials, like cocunut fiber and recycled PET.  The photovoltaic solar panel built into the roof recharges the battery, letting the alternator work more passively, cutting down fuel consumption.

Further increasing efficiency is the Start/Stop system fitted to the Evo Fire 1.0 engine, and a tire pressure monitor to make sure tires maintain optimum pressure levels.  The model was designed over the last 14 months by a Fiat engineering team in Brazil.

No word yet if the Fiat Uno Ecology Concept will be shown off outside Brazil.

Uno Ecology: Sustainability is the word

Concurrent with the launch of the New Uno, Fiat presented the Ecology. A study that shows the concern of the brand with sustainable technologies that could be in production models. Uno Ecology also has the responsibility to never stop being developed, a laboratory will be permanently at the service of sustainable solutions.

Its first version, which innovates in a number of items. Let's start with the 1.0 engine, a prototype developed by FPT -, consumes only Ethanol (E100), or pure alcohol, without mixtures. This was done by seeking the maximum performance from the standpoint of energy efficiency of ethanol. He brings the advantage of lower CO2 emissions, compared with an engine that uses gasoline.

The next step was the development of plastic parts using sugar cane. The product resulting from processing sugarcane to produce ethanol and sugar, and provided prototype parts weighing 8% less than conventional ones. Besides the full energy recovery, when the end of its life cycle, the materials used are renewable and recyclable.

Seats have been molded with coconut fiber and latex, which are from renewable sources. Are permeable to air, antifungal, recyclable, biodegradable and has s very strong social appeal because it uses the work of cooperatives. This avoids the use of approximately seven kilos of polyurethane (material derived from petroleum) in the vehicle. Uno Ecology also has seat covers and carpets with fabrics made from recycled PET - about 30 bottles per vehicle.

Another news introduced in the Uno Ecology was the Photovoltaic Solar Roof, Sky Dome aesthetically similar to the Fiat Punto. It features photovoltaic cells on the back panel which helps charge the battery. This reduces the need for power generation by the motor and thus saves fuel. The roof was designed to generate an electric power of 35W, considering an exposure of eight hours in the sun for 30 days.

The air conditioning is activated fewer times thanks to the infrared windows film . That could mean an estimated saving of up to 1% in fuel consumption. Following more advanced models in the world, it comes equipped with start-stop technology that shuts off the engine. Just step on the clutch pedal to the engine to be fired again. Studies show that fuel savings generated by this procedure can be up to 5% in urban cycle.

Another item that results in fuel wasting are tires poorly calibrated. TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) signals to the driver through an illuminated sign, if any tire pressure is lower than specified. Tires poorly calibrated to mean a 5% increase in fuel consumption.

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RockBobRock RockBobRock
@9TNine: P.E.T stands for "Polyethylene Terephthalate". And it's not a concept. It'll be avaiable in november, without poo color option. ¬¬
May 8th, 2010 11:58pm
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fgb8387 fgb8387
the base price of this "new uno" is about 12000 euros.. here in brazil.. and the best one 17000
May 8th, 2010 12:37am
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charlemagne charlemagne
how can you sell a cheap car? well you try to convince everybody that actually it's not a cheap, poor made product, it's a very feng shui one. You see it's the ecology thing. The buyer won't pose in the poor bastard with the cheapest Sh*t around the block, no, he's the strange dude who plays whale songs on his stereo and he's also a greenpeace activist wannabe, that is he has a green conscience. with a green conscience you can wear coconut fiber troussers, or a wooden watch, nobody cares.
May 7th, 2010 11:12pm
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why does the plastic have to be in poo colour?
May 7th, 2010 11:03pm
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9TNine 9TNine
"recycled pet...??????" [per text above] Now whose poor doggie when into making this car then? :)
May 7th, 2010 8:35pm
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