Chrysler’s stand at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show featured a very interesting little concept, a prototype electric Fiat 500 BEV. With the recent Chrysler merger and attempts by automakers to sell small cars to the American market at a premium, it is no wonder that the other domestic car builder brought such an interesting little concept to the first show of the year. However the company said this is just an exercise, with no plans for a production version of this fun little city car.
Despite previous rumors the little Fiat 500 BEV will not use one of the Mercedes Benz style battery packs from the Mini E, instead it will use the modular electric drive system that Chrysler has been working on for the last three years. However the battery powered 500 has that same kind of Italian flair that made small red convertible sports cars so popular in the 1960s with its bulging body lines, fine leather and zero emissions ego that American automakers need in order to get this market interested in buying small cars fifty years later.
At the moment there are no official details on the Fiat 500 BEV, but we’ll get back with them the moment we’ll have them.