Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and CNH Industrial – Official Global Partners of Expo Milano 2015 and European leaders in natural gas engine technology – are in a partnership with Air Liquide.

Together with Air Liquide, FCA and CNH Industrial have launched a project at Expo 2015 to promote the introduction of biomethane throughout infrastructure networks in Europe.

At Expo 2015, the central theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” is interpreted by both companies as an act of making informed choices, promoting sustainable lifestyles, using the latest technologies and finding a balance between availability and consumption of resources.

FCA has provided a fleet of vehicles that includes 50 Fiat 500L Natural Power (methane/petrol) vehicles. These vehicles are to be used by the delegations of the participating countries for car sharing activities. CNH Industrial’s Iveco Bus brand has provided a fleet of seven Urbanway 12-metre buses powered by environmentally-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) engines. These will be used for visitor transportation within the Expo site.

The aim of the project in collaboration with Air Liquide is to demonstrate the potential environmental benefits generated from the use of biomethane. FCA and CNH Industrial will promote the introduction of biomethane throughout Europe’s natural gas distribution infrastructure network.

This quantity of biomethane is equivalent to approximately 70,000 m3 worth of natural gas for Fiat vehicles and 270,000 m3 for the buses provided by Iveco Bus at Expo 2015. By using these quantities of biomethane in the place of natural gas, over 100 tonnes of CO2 can be saved, which is equal to the absorption of a forest composed of 140 trees throughout their life span.

“The Air Liquide Group is innovating and developing solutions for responsible mobility based on renewable gas-based fuels such as hydrogen and natural gas for vehicles (compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas). Air Liquide masters the entire chain, from the production of biomethane to purification, liquefaction and the distribution of Bio-CNG via the infrastructure that the Group is currently rolling out, across Europe in particular,” said Pierre Etienne Franc, Air Liquide Vice President, advanced Business and Technologies (aB&T).