Fiat is partial to natural gas

Most car makers have one or several projects involving alternative fuels, and Fiat is no exception.

But while most of the industry focuses on electricity or hydrogen powered vehicles, the Italian car maker says the best choice is natural gas.

Fiat Panda

Fiat Panda

The reason for their choice is that, compared to hydrogen, natural gas is much easier to handle and use in an engine. Storing and pumping hydrogen is quite more complicated than natural gas, and the power output from the currently technology is not worth the effort, or so Fiat thinks.

Another big advantage natural gas vehicles have over hydrogen or electric ones is the infrastructure, which would cost a huge amount of money to set up, an estimated 50 billion GBP for a country the size of UK. And, while not being perfectly clean like the hydrogen, natural gas is cleaner than either diesel or gasoline, and in the short future, it just makes more sense. Fiat is even planning to launch a gas-powered Panda.