Chrysler Announces Electric Debut with the Fiat 500EV

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It is no surprise that everyone seems to be going green these days. Yes, a lot of the hustle and bustle is due to the growing concern over our environment, but we will bet on the fact that some of it has to do with another type of greenery. We are talking cold hard cash and with the introduction of the Nissan Leaf (great green name by the way) it is no surprise to us that Chrysler is ready to join the ranks of us tree-huggers. Chrysler announced today that it will jump into the electric car market starting with an electric version of the Fiat 500 with production beginning in 2012. The Fiat 500EV will more than likely be modeled after the prototype demonstrated in January at the North American International Show in Detroit. It will be Chrysler’s first electric vehicle and will feature three main systems to power its engine; an electric powertrain module, a lithium ion battery, and a control unit to manage power flows. The demo previewed at the auto show boasted a range of over 100 miles, but Chrysler would not comment on the range of the production model.

The decision to go electric with the Fiat 500 came as a surprise to everyone with previous knowledge of Chrysler’s green tactics. Chrysler had made plans to produce a line of electric commercial vehicles as their first offering, but those plans were pushed back after an evaluation to the response these types of vehicles had.

"The Fiat 500 is a small, lightweight platform perfect for integrating electric-vehicle technology," said Scott Kunselman, senior vice president of engineering.

Chrysler has also announced they will not be offering a hybrid version of the Dodge Ram "after closely evaluating the response to hybrid pickups in the marketplace". They will, however, move forward with the 3 year demonstration project involving a test fleet of 140 Rams. This makes sense only because it seems the small car hybrid has a much larger market than the truck hybrid has at this point. We can only assume that the reason they are moving forward with this project is to be ready when the market leans itself in that direction.

Source: Detroit News

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  (427) posted on 03.2.2011

The Fiat Grande Punto can compete against the Honda Fit, the Ford Fiesta, and the Nissan Versa. The Fiat Bravo can be a good option to the VW Golf, Mazda3 HB, and the coming Focus Hsmiley.Why does the 500 get all the attention? They believe it can compete with the Mini....I don’t think so.

  (474) posted on 03.1.2011

I still do not understand the obsession of Sergio Marchionne to market this little car in the US considering that Fiat has better cars to offer.

  (247) posted on 11.7.2010

Sorry to burst your bubble, but that electric 500 is a prototype at best. 40HP and a top speed of 60MPH and a range of only 62 miles. They’re waiting to put it on sale because its hopeless with those kind of specs.

  (858) posted on 05.20.2010

I believe that automotive industry, suppliers and key partners are reaching common goals and demonstrates how rapidly this type of advanced technology can be brought to market.

  (460) posted on 03.29.2010

As long as it can do 100 real miles per charge and isn’t overpriced it should be a success, I would love to see a version with alot of power like the Atomik 500 version.

  (364) posted on 03.25.2010

So what part of the continent they are planning to release the 500EV?

  (708) posted on 03.25.2010

It will be a great disadvantage to oil companies, there a lot of electric cars that is being produced by car companies. We are truly getting into the future.

  (570) posted on 03.24.2010

Well, it wont be long when electric cars rule the streets. It’s not only that its the new thing but it is also what we need. To need to have transportation that doesn’t emit pollution on the daily basis. Although electricity is not cheap, its more affordable than fuel. I can only imagine how lovely it would be to walk around the city by then when no cars are burning fuel and producing carbon emissions.

  (555) posted on 03.23.2010

Well, I think chrysler will have a hard time beating the nissan leaf due to it’s after market price. Nissan’s price is low compared to chrysler for sure.

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