Friday 2 September 2011

Green and mean; Muammar Gaddafi's Fiat 500 Castagna EV captured by rebels

Two rebels have got their mitts on Muammar Gaddafi's Fiat 500C Castagna EV. Confiscate at the dictator's home in Bab Al-Azizia, the custom-made convertible was ordered by Gaddafi in June 2009 by a go-between.

He requested that the vehicle be delivered by September with numerous bespoke alterations like a cream leather upholstery, jade green/gold paint, wood accents, and other Libyan themed highlights. All this cost him tax-paying Libyans £88,550 (€100,000/$144,100) in which the vehicle was also ordered with a huge recharging system that allows a depleted battery to be fully charged in 10 minutes.

Forward-motivation comes courtesy of a lithium-ion battery which powers a 45bhp (46PS/34kW) electric motor. With a range of 162 miles (260km), the car has a top speed of 99mph (160km/h).

Fiat 500 Castagna EV concept:

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