The new generation of the popular Fiat 500 is all-electric. It gets a WLTP range of 320 km (198 miles) from a 42 kWh battery and a 87 kW electric motor.
The press release has a lot of malarkey, so I’ll just put the most important parts of it.
So much substance: the best possible range, charging and driving
When designing the New 500, the engineers started with a blank sheet of paper, so they could work on every aspect with the utmost attention to detail and choose the best solutions.
Range and charging times are two key issues for customers. The lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 42 kWh give the New 500 a range of up to 320 km in the WLTP cycle.
To optimize charging time, the New 500 is equipped with an 85 kW fast charger system to charge the battery very quickly. For example, it takes only 5 minutes to build up a sufficient energy reserve to travel 50 kilometers, more than is needed for average daily use. And the fast charger can also charge the battery to 80% in just 35 minutes. The Combo 2 socket located on the rear right side panel of the car powers the fast charger, for both AC and DC charging.
Technology. “la Prima” is equipped with the most advanced ADAS systems available:
- Autonomous Emergency Brake with pedestrian and cyclist detection, Intelligent Speed Assistant
- Lane Control;
- High resolution rearview camera with dynamic guidelines;
- Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (iACC) and Lane Centering;
- Auto headlamp on and Auto High/Low Beam;
- Emergency Call;
- Electric park brake.
It is of course equipped with the Level 2 Autonomous driving System, for the first time in a city car.
Connectivity. The new UConnect 5 infotainment system: 7’’ TFT Display, Radio 10.25’’ Touch Screen NAV, Digital Audio Broadcast, Wireless CarPlay / Android Auto, Telematic Box Module.
The “la Prima” full-option convertible is the only electric four-seater convertible. It comes complete with new content as standard, such as the 85 kW fast charger and an interior with eco-leather dashboard and seats.
- WLTP range: 320 km (198 miles)
- Battery capacity: 42 kWh
- Electric motor: 87 kW
- DC fast charging: 80 % in just 35 minutes (max 85 kW)
- On-board charger: 7,4 kW (3-phase 11 kW is optional)
- Full LED headlamps
- AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) with pedestrian and cyclists detection
- Lane Control
- Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control
- Android Auto
- Price: 37.900 euros (limited edition)
The old generation Fiat 500e sold in the USA (made in Mexico) had a battery made with 63 Ah prismatic cells from Samsung SDI. Now the new generation made in Italy seems to have a battery pack similar to the BMW i3, made with 120 Ah cells in a 96s1p configuration (all cells connected in series). However, Fiat could also be using 60 Ah pouch battery cells from LG Chem in a 96s2p configuration.
Anyway, the new Fiat 500e is a solid premium urban electric car and a good alternative to the BMW i3 and the MINI Electric. I just think that’s a shame that Fiat didn’t take the opportunity to make this new generation a 5-door car. Because of this some people might consider the Renault Twingo ZE to be a more practical choice and go for it.
The 3-door Fiat 500 might not be very practical but on the other hand it does have the cute factor. It’s by far women’s favorite car (even more than the MINI), we’ll see if that’s enough to compensate for its high price.
The current generation Fiat 500 has now a mild hybrid option and will continue to be sold alongside the new third-gen car for an unspecified period.