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.