The ground-breaking Fiat Phylla zero-emission prototype, that confines solar energy to propel its electric motors and highlights wide-ranging utilization of recycled resources, has been launched to offer Turinese VIPs its first test drives.
The formal procedure happened at the Environment Park di Torino, with the attendance of the Piedmontese Regional President Mercedes Bresso and Andrea Bairati, the member of the city council who is in charge of Research, Innovation and Energy.
Present also were Nevio Di Giusto, the head of Centro Ricerche Fiat; Francesco Profumo from the Politecnico di Torino, and also Mauro Chianale, the President of the Environment Park.
The Phylla project also commemorates Turin's World Design Capital 2008 position.
Under the competent guidance of the R&D division, Centro Ricerche Fiat, of the Fiat Group, this highly ambitious venture was realized, with the Politecnico di Torino acting as project leader and manager; in the meantime other chief contributors to the Phylla project comprise Camera di Commercio di Torino, From Concept to Car, l'Istituto Europeo di Design e l'Istituto di Arte Applicata e Design, Novamont e il Consorzio Proplast, Sagat, Bee Studio, Sydera and Enecom.
The Phylla example is a 2+2 seat sub-A-segment city car that traps solar energy so that it can propel its electric motors that power all four of its wheels.
The dimensions of the vehicle are, height: 1980 mm, length: 2995 mm and width: 1618 mm, and it comes with 142 liters (2+2 seats) and 584 liters (2 seats) of luggage space capacity.
Resting on a lightweight split-frame chassis from aluminum, the Phylla tips the scales at just 750 kg (150 kg of which belongs to the battery) and it has a 145 km range when using batteries of the lithium ion classification, or 220 km range with lithium polymer batteries. Acceleration is measured at 6 seconds from standstill to 50 km/h and 130 km/h as its maximum speed.