Fiat has been toying with the concept of an electrical 500 since 2011
Subsequent-generation Fiat 500 will get an electrical variant and the maker will convey again the 500 Giardiniera property
An all-new electrical Fiat 500 metropolis automobile, the 500e, might be launched on the Geneva motor present in 2020, the agency has confirmed.
The automobile might be bought alongside the present 500, which can proceed to be powered by standard petrol engines in addition to receiving styling and technical updates.
The all-new electrical 500 will sit on a bespoke electrical automobile platform, in response to Fiat boss Olivier Francois, with the identical platform doubtlessly earmarked to be used if the the brand new Panda-inspired Centoventi idea makes manufacturing. The electrical 500 might be a key a part of Fiat's transformation in Europe right into a model specializing in small electrified metropolis automobiles.
"The automobile will keep true to every part you recognize in regards to the 500, however might be fully new," stated Francois. "Underneath the pores and skin will probably be radically totally different, however in any other case you'll recognise the dimensions and proportions.
“However it's a huge assertion, beginning our electrical path with the 500. We're doing it with that automobile for causes of pricing. It's clear that we can not promote an electrical 500 for a similar entry value of as we speak’s 500, however what’s clear is that greater than half of our 500 clients as we speak don't purchase entry-level fashions. In reality, for them a 24,000 euro value is regular as we speak.
“In case you take a look at our electrical competitors, they're priced round 32,000 euros. The leap then from 24,000 to 32,000 is just not a lot, particularly in the event you consider authorities grants for electrical autos.
Francois refused to be drawn on whether or not the electrical 500 might be rear-wheel drive like the unique, however stated he can be open to the concept. He additionally stated that an electrical Abarth mannequin may maintain attraction.
The electrical automobile platform that the brand new 500 will sit on might be FCA Group developed. Francois stated he would personally be open to sharing the know-how with companions - the 500 platform has beforehand been shared with the Ford Ka, as an illustration, however he burdened that any such determination must be made at a Group degree.
Fiat additionally confirmed the brand new 500 might be joined by a 500 Giardiniera property, though the agency did not say if that may additionally seem at subsequent yr's Geneva present.
Forward of the 500e arriving, a gentle hybrid variant of the 500 is because of launch later this yr.
The intention is to consolidate the model’s dominance of the town automobile phase - the 500 and Panda maintain a 3rd of this market - whereas growing applied sciences that permit these fashions to fulfill emission rules.
This focus additionally means different, much less profitable Fiat fashions are anticipated to axed. These embody the Punto - axed after a 13-year manufacturing run - and, whereas unconfirmed, the Tipo.
The 500 Giardiniera, which references the tiny wagon of 1960, will supply the most effective house effectivity in its class, says Fiat, and "unmistakable design". It too will get electrical and gentle hybrid variants.
The 500’s new platform structure can even address a gentle hybrid system. That unit consists of a belt pushed, 12V starter-generator, though little element has been offered on the electrical drivetrain for use within the 500. Decrease-emissions petrol engines can even be supplied within the 500 and Panda.
Francois conceded that the choice to develop the electrical automobiles was pushed "each by the need to create a worthwhile electrical automobile for our future, and to make sure we keep away from the pressures of potential fines if we do not hit CO2 targets."
Given the restricted house for batteries and the 500’s city attraction, vary of the 500e is prone to be lower than EVs reminiscent of the Nissan Leaf, which affords round 250 miles.
The 500e might be a rival to a rising variety of small EVs - Mini’s first series-production electrical automobile is due in 2019, concurrently the Honda City EV.
The 500e might be considered one of 4 electrical powertrains supplied by FCA. It should sit use a ‘Metropolis Automobile’ powertrain, whereas a ‘Mainstream’ powertrain might be launched within the Jeep Grand Commander. A ‘Efficiency’ powertrain will function within the 2020 Maserati Alfieri and a ‘Premium’ EV powertrain will energy the 2022 Maserati Quattroporte.
The push for electrification comes amid Fiat Chrysler’s abandonment of diesel; by 2022, there might be no diesel choices within the FCA catalogue. These might be changed by quite a few hybrids, each full and plug-in, the primary of which would be the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, touchdown in 2020.
The manufacturing capability launched by the deletion of the Punto and different unspecified Fiat fashions - reminiscent of Tipo - might be used to construct extra Alfa Romeos and Maseratis, whose premium costs can stand up to the electrification prices. Some Italian capability might be used to construct some plug-in hybrid fashions, together with sure Jeeps for international sale.
Further reporting by Jim Holder and Richard Bremner
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