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Fiat Mum on Electric Car Plans Amidst 'Green Noise' at Paris Auto Show

Fiat is happy enough to boast about having the fleet with the lowest average CO2 emissions in Europe at 137.3 g/km last year. Pictured is 2008 Fiat 500 that could serve as platform of electric car.

Published: 03-Oct-2008

PARIS - In contrast to its peers, Italy's Fiat is keeping quiet about its plans for a hybrid or electric car -- so quiet that it does not even say why it is keeping mum about it.

Although Renault and others are rushing to be the first to make electric cars on a mass scale in the coming years, Fiat is happy enough to boast about having the fleet with the lowest average CO2 emissions in Europe at 137.3 g/km last year.

It also takes pride in its cars that run on biofuel. This year it should sell 80,000 cars fueled by methane in Europe, most of them in Italy, said Lorenzo Sistino, the head of the brand.

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