A New EV-Only Fiat 500 Is on the Way, But What Will It Look Like?
Fiat has been selling the current 500 city runabout for over ten years, mostly unchanged, and it will have to replace it with an all-new model fairly soon. Back in 2007, when it was first revealed, it was a response to the success that BMW was having with the MINI Cooper and VW with its revived Beetle, both of which were unashamedly retro-inspired.
Times are changing now, and the focus is more on how green cars are these days, as well as their level of perceived quality - how “premium” they feel. Fiat is reportedly working on the next-gen 500 and it is apparently not only going to be slightly bigger than the current car, but also fully-electric and considerably more luxurious.
2019 Fiat Concept Centoventi Points to the Automaker’s Future While Celebrating its Past
Fiat is at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with the goal of flipping the narrative in terms of electric car ownership. That “goal” arrives in the form of the Centoventi EV Concept, a futuristic interpretation of a future mass-market electric car. The Centoventi EV Concept’s existence is not only owed to Fiat’s long-awaited plans for electrification but to also celebrate the automaker’s 120th anniversary. Yes, Fiat has been around that long. Celebrations aside, Fiat aims to turn the Centoventi EV from a concept showcase of its future to an actual production model with the cheapest electric battery on the market. Whether the automaker can pull it off remains to be seen, but the important thing, at least for now, is that the wheels are in motion for that to happen.
Fiat didn’t really want to make the 500e, but it was forced by emissions regulations to add a full EV to its lineup, which it reluctantly did back in 2013. The vehicle itself wasn’t received particularly well at the time, being criticized for its limited range and availability, as well as its high price - it can only be ordered in the states of California and Oregon, although there are plenty you can now buy second hand wherever you live, even in Europe where it was never intended to be sold.
Believe it or not, the 500e is still on sale and has gone essentially unchanged for the last six years, but it’s never really been that popular, an issue with which it hasn’t been helped by the constant introduction of new and better EVs. But, the 500e is not all bad, thanks to its instantly recognizable styling, peppy performance, and decent usability if you’re buying it exclusively for short journeys not too far away from a charging point.
It has been quipped that the rounded, upright Fiat 500e bears some resemblance to a Star Wars Stormtrooper’s helmet. As it happens, Fiat is collaborating with Lucasfim as part of a massive promotional campaign for the upcoming Star Wars movie, so what better time to take that tongue-in-cheek comparison to its logical conclusion?
To remind visitors to the Los Angeles Auto Show that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is on the way, Fiat unveiled a one-off 500e with a Stormtrooper-themed paint job. Created by Garage Italia Customs of Milan, the black and white car even has its windows wrapped to properly complete the theme. To be specific, the 500e Stormtrooper matches the armor of the First Order Legion, in Star Wars parlance. Blacked out wheels with ultra-wide whitewall tires give this custom job an appropriately cartoonish look, and the 500e’s unique flat lower front fascia lends itself well to the Stormtrooper restyle. The black and white theme continues on the interior, with white and black lacquer trim, leather and Alcantara upholstery, and a Star Wars logo on the white dashboard. The two-tone steering wheel sports a First Order insignia as well.
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Fiat Chrysler Automotive has issued a voluntary recall for 3,975 2014 Fiat 500e electric hatchbacks. The issue is related to faulty cruise-control software that was installed on some 500es that could potentially misread torque levels of the electric motors. This can cause the motors to engage a fail-safe mode and shift to neutral. The fault can occur when cruise control is being used and the driver attempts to override it by stepping on the accelerator. FCA engineers discovered the problem after an investigation and review of warranty data.
The recall affects roughly 40 percent of the 10,462 Fiat 500es sold in the United States between 2013 and 2015, and FCA says no known injuries, fatalities or customer complaints have occurred as a result of the problem. FCA is providing a software update to dealers as well as service instructions and will notify owners of affected vehicles. The fix is being provided at no cost to owners.
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The continuous evolution of the Fiat 500 and all the subsequent iterations it has had this year are about to welcome another member to the family: the 500e.
With the standard 500, the 500C and the 500L already making their debuts in their respective niches, the 500e is set to fill the vacant electric-power niche in the 500 lineup. It will make that will make its own debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
With the launch of the all-electric Fiat 500e, environmentalists can now drive the iconic Italian car without aguilty consciousness. With an impressive range of116 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city and 100 MPGe highway, it aims to electrify the gasoline-powered 500 series.
The all electric Fiat 500e has been unveiled at the 2012 LA Auto Show. Being the first electric powered Italian in North American market, Fiat has confirmed that it will arrive in California Studios during the second quarter of 2013.
So, is the Fiat 500e an alternative worth considering among the 500 series, or is it too early to adopt an electric and expensive shoe? Find out in our review of the Fiat 500e.
Update 4/16/2013: Fiat has revealed the pricing information and an innovative exchange program for the all-new 500e. Check out the "Prices" section, after the jump for more details.
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Chrysler has had only one mass-produced electrified vehicle in its history and that was the now-discontinued Durango hybrid. According to a report from Bloomberg, Chrysler is once again kicking around the thought of electrified vehicles, be it by 100 percent electricity or some sort of hybrid system.
Bob Lee, the head of Chrysler’s engine and electrified propulsion engineering department was quoted as saying “We do believe in electrification, sparingly and for the right kinds of targeted applications.” This basically means that Chrysler is taking its dive into electric propulsion very carefully until it knows that there is a market among Chrysler buyers.
That’s not a huge shock, considering that Chrysler was pulled from the financial flames twice in the last decade, or so – once by Daimler and once by Fiat. Chrysler is finally pulling in a profit and now it’s actually carrying its parent company, Fiat, on its shoulders to keep it from drowning in debt.
Speaking of Fiat, Lee also confirmed in the same report that Fiat is moving into production of the anticipated 500EV, the electric-powered Fiat 500. The 500EV will go into production later on this year and be ready for release sometime in the 2013 model year.
The 500EV will likely be the testing grounds for Chrysler to see if it is a profitable venture or not. We are willing to bet that buyers gobble up the 500EV and that Chrysler soon follows suit with a small EV of their own. Down the road, with fuel prices going how they are, we may even see the Viper utilizing a hybrid system, much like Ferrari is planing to install on its upcoming Enzo/F70.
We’ll keep an eye on this and let you know once there is some confirmation on a Chrysler with electric propulsion.
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.
The Chrysler stand at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit will showcase an electric version of the incredibly popular Fiat 500 European compact city car as well as a rebadged Lancia Delta midsize hatchback wearing a shiny Chrysler grille amongst others at the beginning of next year’s auto show circuit. Despite the presence of these Euro inspired new cars, the American automaker has no immediate plans of selling either vehicle in North America.
As part of the recent acquisition one corner of Chrysler’s booth will be dedicated to showcasing vehicles from the Italian automotive conglomerate Fiat’s luxury sports brands like the Ferrari 458 Italia and Maserati GranCabrio. While on the other will be a few of their more economical imports as well as a few examples of good old Detroit iron. Aside from the electric 500, Chrysler will also display in a Fiat 500 hatchback, a model that is set to go on sale later on in 2010, the 500C cabriolet which is scheduled to go on sale in 2011 and the sporty scorpion badged 500 Abarth. The North American Chrysler/Fiat 500 will be built at the American car builder’s plant in Toluca, Mexico beginning at the end of 2010 with an initial production run of 100,000 units per year.
The Italian automaker Castagna revealed their new concept, the Fiat 500 Tender Two. Inspired by the Ghia-built Fiat 500 Jolly, an expensive beach car famous among the rich people in the early 60’s, the new Tender Two had its standard 500 powertrain replaced with a zero-emission electric unit. The doors, rear-seats, tailgate and rooftop have all been removed and the side sills have been reinforced in order to maintain the structural rigidity.
The new car features removable striped canvas roof-top complemented by the nautical themed teak wood that covers the cargo area and the top part of the side sills. The 500 Tender Two can reach the top speed of 81 mph and has a range of 87 miles.
NICE Car Company, a company specialized in building electric vehicles, unveiled today the Micro-Vett electric Fiat 500. Powered by a Lithium polymer - Kokam battery developing 22 kWh the vehicle can travel 70 miles until the next re-charge and can get a top speed of 72 km/h. After that it will need between 6 and 8 hours for re-charge to be able to travel again.
The car comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox and features as standard a Radio/CD/MP2 player, Bluetooth and USB connection, remote central locking, ABS with EBD, 15 inch alloy wheels, drivers adnd passenger airbags and windows airbags. On the option list we have ESP, auto climate control, electric sunroof, rear parking sensors, 16 inch alloy wheels and metallic paint.
No words about the price yet!