New 500, Fiat’s First Electric Car

The new electric Fiat 500 is a milestone for Fiat. The first 100% electric model in the history of the Italian manufacturer.

The new Fiat 500 is based on a new specific platform and debuts some technologies such as assisted driving: it has been designed only with battery power and will arrive at European dealerships next summer, but the company is already considering the possibility of exporting it to the United States.

The electric Fiat 500 can be reserved from March 4 in the launch version, La Prima, at a price of 37,900 euros.

First impressions. Although it has evolved considerably in style, the New 500 respects its origins, revisiting the styling details that characterized previous generations. The round headlights remain, but are now divided between the bumper and the hood, where the upper part of the ellipse of the daytime running lights is integrated. The Fiat symbol is no longer in the front (it is only present in the rear): in the center of the grille is the 500 logo and the air intakes are reduced to a minimum. A new LED turn indicator integrated between the hood and the wheel arch debuts on the side, while the rear remains true to the original configuration, with vertical headlights and a clean look.

It grows in size. Based on completely new mechanics, the new generation has slightly different dimensions than current models with a heat engine. Six centimeters longer than the current 500, the New 500 measures three meters 61 centimeters long and 169 cm wide (+6 cm). The wheelbase has also increased by 2 cm (232 cm) and it is precisely between the two axles that the technicians have decided to place the battery pack, to lower the center of gravity.

400 km of autonomy in the city. The New Fiat 500 incorporates a 118 hp (87 kW) electric motor powered by a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery: the range in the Wltp cycle is 320 km, which rises to 400 km in urban use. The New 500 is equipped with an 85 kW charger that makes it possible to recover 50 km of autonomy in just five minutes, reaching 80% of the charge in 35 minutes. To charge it at home you can use the 7.4 kW Easy Wallbox (six hours for a full charge). The maximum speed, self-limited, is 150 km / h. 0-100 km / h in nine seconds, 0-50 km / h in 3.1 seconds.

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