October 16, 2020. In the Italian town of Merate, province of Lecco, the mobile biomethane refueling unit promoted by Snam4Mobility debuted. On the weekend of October 10/11, the 1st Prize of the Green City of Merate took place, which is the first test of the third edition of Green Endurance, the Italian Energy Saving Championship reserved for ecological vehicles powered by alternative and renewable energies.
The competition, organized by ACI Sport, aims to promote sustainable mobility also in the sports field, as well as to raise public awareness about green technologies applied to transport and the models and engines available on the market.
There were four heats for 20 crews, who competed in a total of 328 km, with 9 medium special stages and 19 medium changes developed in 130 km, as well as 142 secret timekeeping records.
The Fiat Abarth 500 car of the Ecomotori Racing Team, powered by biomethane, driven by Nicola Ventura and Mónica Porta, took first place in Race 1 and 2 and, therefore, also the 1st Prize of the Green City of Merate. In second place, in both races, was the Etruria Racing biomethane Seat León, with Cesare Martino and Francesca Olivoni at the wheel. Third, in Race 1, was the biomethane hybrid Toyota C-HR, driven by Walter Fuzzy Kofler and Franco Gaioni; while, in Race 2, the electric Nissan Leaf appeared driven by Leonardo Spacone and Cristian Loria.
The competition was the occasion for the absolute debut of the mobile biomethane refueling unit, a fuel identical in all respects to natural gas but 100% renewable, obtained through a biogas refining process, promoted by Snam4Mobility and used to refuel cars of the races.
The device was tested in the presence of the Vice President of the FIA Alternative Energy Commission, Raffaele Pelillo, in view of new applications in green motorsport. In particular, the system could be used to power generators, such as those that supply electric cars during competitions, with clean, renewable energy.