The New Fiat 500, which was revealed late last week after the Geneva motor show was cancelled, is the first fully electric car from FCA. The new, third generation of the iconic city car has a range of up to 320km and receives 85kW fast charging as standard.
Fiat says it takes only five minutes to build up a sufficient energy reserve to travel 30 miles (48km), which could be enough for the average daily commute of most urban customers. Using a fast charger can also power the battery to 80 per cent in just 35 minutes. The launch edition of the 500 comes with an Easy Wallbox, a home charging system that can be connected to a normal home power outlet. This “plug-and-charge” system can also be managed via Bluetooth.
The electric motor has an output of 87kW, providing a maximum speed of 150kph and acceleration from zero to 100kph in 9 seconds and zero to 50kph in 3.1 seconds.
The electric 500 offers three driving modes: Normal, Range and Sherpa to suit different driving styles and requirements. While Normal mode is as close as possible to driving a vehicle with a normal combustion engine, Range mode activates the “one-pedal-drive” function which lets you drive the new 500 with the accelerator pedal alone. Releasing the accelerator apparently causes much greater deceleration than with a normal combustion engine. Sherpa mode optimises the available resources to reduce fuel consumption to a minimum.
The redesigned 500 logo at the rear keeps its link with the past, but embellished by a light blue border, and the final zero transformed into the letter “E” to signify the electric drivetrain.
The cabin is completely new, but with clear references to the first generation. Decked out by Centro Stile, the cabin offers more leg and shoulder space for occupants than before, while the lithium batteries being housed under the flat floor makes sure the luggage compartment capacity remains unchanged. Some trim levels will receive seats made using “Seaqual” yarn with plastic recovered from the sea, while others make considerable use of eco-leather.
In a significant move, Fiat has moved production of the 500 back to its birthplace in Turin, Italy. The first model was first created here 63 years ago.
Pre-booking for New 500 Convertible ‘La Prima’ has begun in many markets with the launch edition priced at £29,000 (Dh139,800) in the UK.