The Green Vehicles that Rocked the Bologna Auto Show

The agenda at the 32nd Bologna Motor Show was environment-friendly cars and technologies where Italy is the world leader when it comes to running cars in LPG and natural gas.

Published: 20-Dec-2007

With a total of around 15 million alternate-fuel cars running on European roads today, the buyers seem to have been evolving with the advent of fuel technology. Take the case of Italy, the country has over 18, 00, 000 gas fuelled cars on its roads and the numbers seem to be increasing by the day. In the 32nd Bologna Motor Show, the agenda was on environment friendly cars and technologies. Italy is the world leader when it comes to running cars in LPG and natural gas, and this the precise reason why almost all the major Italian car manufacturers showcased vehicles that ran on alternate fuels. Other than the environment issue, skyrocketing furl prices have also pushed the manufacturers to look at alternate fuels.

Almost all the car manufacturers have displayed their latest green cars along with various environment friendly concepts vehicles. Apart from having a look at each one of them, we also got the opportunity to test drive few of these green cars...and it was a mind-boggling experience. Here we present to you all environment friendly cars that adorn the Bologna motor show this year.

BMW X6 Active Hybrid Concept: BMW's Concept X6 Active Hybrid is the centre of attraction and by a good margin. Though it shares the look of its body with that of Concept X6, this hybrid concept still seems to be visually different from it. The new X6 Active Hybrid boasts of a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain co-developed with General Motors, Chrysler, and Daimler-Benz.


The system operates from the Calor Gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or propane that is already on board for cooking. The system will fit comfortably in an aft locker, normally used for a conventional generator.

The Cadillac Provoq fuel cell concept uses GM's E-Flex propulsion system, combining the new fifth-generation fuel cell system and a lithium-ion battery to produce an electrically driven vehicle that uses no petroleum and has no emission other than water.

Powered by a 100 kW electric engine and fuel cell stack, the i-Blue is capable of running more than 370 miles per refueling and achieves a maximum speed of more than 100 miles per hour.


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