Can a car clean the air? Fiat with the new electric 500 has found a way to achieve this with style and imagination
Fiat with the new electric 500 is making another revolution, moving from zero-emission vehicles to those that make the air we breathe cleaner.
The development of plug-in hybrids and especially pure electric cars is the automotive industry’s response to the development of products with very low or zero environmental footprint, at least in terms of their use. Improving air quality – especially in urban centers – is an urgent need, and electrified cars provide an answer to this challenge. But Fiat went a step further, presenting a proposal that not only does not pollute the atmosphere, but also helps to neutralize pollutants caused by other cars or human activities.
With the new, purely electric 500 vehicle, the designers looked for the limits that define a completely environmentally friendly car. Zero emissions due to electric motors, extremely low noise levels and the use of advanced recycled materials, such as the innovative Seaqual fabric, were combined with a truly groundbreaking idea in the original Fiat 500 by Armani. Applying state-of-the-art technology, the Fiat 500 by Armani was “coated” with a paint containing titanium dioxide, a compound that has the ability to absorb air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and turn them into compounds that are safe for humans and the environment. This solution has already been used in buildings, with the painting of exterior surfaces to improve air quality in congested areas,
The Fiat 500 by Armani is a prototype created in collaboration with the famous fashion house and is an unparalleled sample of style and elegance. The striking green color of the body with the matte finish contains titanium dioxide, but the innovation of the proposal does not stop there. Using state-of-the-art technology, the engineers managed to use laser to “engrave” the color on the upper part of the body, giving it the texture and appearance of an expensive fabric, worthy of the Armani name. The “herringbone” look, apart from the aesthetic effect, also contributes to the increase of the total surface that the titanium dioxide of the paint comes in contact with the atmospheric air, maximizing the ability of the Fiat 500 by Armani to clean the air during its movement.
This unique electric 500 was originally created to be auctioned off with the proceeds being donated to the non-profit environmental organization, the Earth Alliance, by Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio. His idea, however, clearly shows that modern technology can help the car not only not to burden the environment, but to actively contribute to its protection. True to the tradition that has followed it since 1957, the name Fiat 500, continues to bring revolution by redefining electric cars today and paving the way for the future of transportation.
You can watch the video below with the unique Fiat 500 by Armani