Almost every fossil fuel car makers are betting on an electric future. Fiat is no exception… Except, instead of pushing an electric variant of a familiar model, it has rolled out an iconic model as an electric-only model.
And the vehicle of choice. Fiat 500, obviously. The third generation of Fiat 500 (and second since its reintroduction to the market in 2007) is electric-only and the first fully electric car from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).
That’s a bold move. But one that Fiat’s President, Oliver Francois, is confident with.
Folks. Meet the 2021 Fiat 500. It is powered by a 117 horsepower electric motor and outfitted with a battery system that offers up to 199 miles (320 kilometers) in the WLTP cycle, with 85 kW fast charge as standard.
Fiat 500 EV also stands out has the first city car with level 2 autonomous driving, which means the car can automatically accelerate and brake in response to cars, cyclists and pedestrians and maintain the car at the center of the lane.
As a nod to its heritage, the new 500 will be produced at Mirafiori plant in Turin.
Finally, 2021 Fiat 500 Electric Vehicle is the first four-seater convertible with zero tailpipe emissions.
Fiat has introduced the ‘La Prima’ launch edition to celebrate the launch of the new generation of 500 and it comes with a host of exclusive features.
Features like full LED headlights, eco-leather upholstery, 17-inch diamond-cut wheels, chrome-plated inserts on windows and side panels, a monogram soft top, and numbered plaque indicating the build number out of the 500 with the name of the country in which the car was purchased. That’s right, the launch edition is limited to just 500 units in each market.
Pre-booking of the new 500 Convertible ‘La Prima’ is already happening in the U.K. with an on-the-road price of £29,000 (roughly US$35,500).
In a related news… Fiat has also partnered with renowned fashion label to create three one-of-a-kind Fiat 500 EV that are destined to go under the hammer for charity. Though it did not mention what charity and when the auction will be happening. The three one-offs Fiat 500 are 500 Giorgio Armani, the B.500 ‘Mai Troppo’ (Never Too Much) by Bvlgari and the 500 Kartell.
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