The aftermost of the first-gen Fiat 500e electric minicars larboard US dealerships in 2019. But it’s advancing aback in about a year with an adapted appearance and an accepted ambit of about 125 miles. That’s not a lot, but almost constant with a brand of baby Euro-chic EVs like the Honda E, BMW i3, and Mini Cooper SE. Besides, baby electric cars like the Fiat 500e ability be the alone articulation that Tesla is ceding to the competition.
We’ll accept accepted capacity in aboriginal March back the new Fiat 500e debuts at the Geneva Motor Show. In the meantime, the media is apperception a addition ability and an access in ambit to about 125 miles.
Here’s area things get interesting. Fiat bang-up Olivier Francois told Autocar aftermost ages that the new electric 500 would sit on a new, bespoke electric-car platform. That belvedere could be aggregate by added baby Fiat EVs, including a archetypal aggressive by the awful customizable, multi-pack Centoventi abstraction that we aloof saw at CES. It will additionally be acclimated for a gas-hybrid 500 variant, which arrives first. (We’re assuming images of that archetypal on this post.)
The belvedere will additionally be leveraged for approaching Jeep and Maserati all-electric powertrains.
In December, the UK’s Autocar bent the new 500e in testing, which appear a re-worked dashboard with a beyond infotainment awning and rotary accessory selector. Added tweet-worthy spy images appearance a added angular advanced end.
The barrage of an all-new, all-electric 500 is accepted in Europe after this year and the US in 2021.
While best Americans aren’t admirers of burghal runabouts, Europeans like them – and charge them to accommodated regulations.
On this ancillary of the pond, the new Mini Cooper SE and Fiat 500e backpack sticker prices that are beneath than those begin on a new Bolt or a Archetypal 3. They are additionally arguably added beautiful and easier to action and esplanade in awash cities. The ambit for the three models is about 110 and 125, respectively, so consumers would accept to be adeptness about how abundant ambit they absolutely use.
Those two models, forth with the BMW i3 and Honda E (not advancing to the US), accomplish up an arising new articulation of absorbing baby EVs.
Perhaps added importantly, Tesla is assuming no signs of bearing annihilation abate or beneath big-ticket than a Archetypal 3. Maybe that’s an befalling for competitors, including Fiat. (And it would be a baby alleviation for the hundreds of millions or billions of euros FCA pays to Tesla in barter for pooling EU emissions credits.)
What makes the abiding 500e cogent is that it’s the alpha of new FCA EV efforts. With all the announcements about FCA’s EV investments – a few billion actuality and a few billion there – it’s adamantine to pin bottomward what it will beggarly for what you and I ability drive.
In 2019, Fiat said it would advance about $800 actor on the new 500e, including a new assembly band in Mirafiori, Italy. Fiat said it would accomplish 80,000 units a year of the 500e, starting in the additional division of 2020. Previous FCA announcements called the advance at added than $10 billion for a advanced ambit of electrification efforts, including all-electric and constituent amalgam versions of new Jeep models.
And now, FCA and PSA are accepting accessible to absorb to become the fourth-largest automaker in the world. In 2018, PSA said it will barrage a “blitz” of electric cars, with a battery-powered adaptation of all its models in about bristles years. It starts in aboriginal 2020 with a accompanying of affordable, acutely styled 50-kWh EVs – the Opel Corsa-e and Peugeot e-208. In the UK, it will be awash as a Vauxhall. Those should be acceptable for about 200 miles, and starting prices about $34,000.
Meanwhile, in China (the better EV bazaar in the world), Fiat Chrysler appear aftermost anniversary that it’s teaming up with the accomplishment behemothic Foxconn to accomplish electric cars. With the Foxconn plan, FCA/PSA has all the all-around bases covered.
A small, 125-mile EV in 2021 ability not be the best agitative account in the world. But the industry-wide about-face to electric cars has a abode for stylish, added affordable, electric driver vehicles. It could be calmly tucked into one atom of a multi-car garage.
If the Fiat 500e charcoal a acquiescence agent awash alone in a brace of states, and FCA doesn’t bear any added EVs, again it deserves ridicule. But if FCA, with Fiat and Jeep, accumulated with PSA, can bear on the affiance of its big investments, again we would proudly bound about boondocks in its cute, Euro-chic electric car.
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