CEO Sergio Marchionne Confirms 2012 Production of Electric Fiat 500

By · February 08, 2012

Fiat 500

Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, confirmed that the electric Fiat 500 will officially enter the production cycle in late 2012.

Since its pre-bankruptcy days, Chrysler has promised the launch of an electric vehicle—including the audacious Dodge Circuit sports EV, an electric minivan, and plug-in pickup. But so far nothing production-ready has emerged. Ever since the unveiling of the Fiat 500 Elettra concept at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, we've been waiting for official confirmation that the electric hatchback would become a reality. Now, we've stumbled across a tweet that confirms its 2012 launch.

On February 4, Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler's chief executive officer, confirmed that the US automaker is developing an electric Fiat 500. For the record, Marchionne tweeted:

"At Chrysler, we are working on an electric version of the Fiat 500 that we’ll begin manufacturing later this year."

Marchionne's tweet hit the webosphere during the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Expo—an annual automotive dealers conference held in Las Vegas.

Expect the 2013 Fiat 500 electric hatchback to feature a motor that cranks out close to 100 horsepower, and sport a battery pack that's capable of returning between 80 and 100 miles or real-world range. The electrified 500 has been spotted testing on public roads, but not much is known of the electric Cinquecento. Absent are production numbers and price, which are two of the most important factors in determining Fiat's actual electric vehicle intentions.

Comments

· · 5 years ago

The article fails to say he did so "kicking and screaming" which would accurately describe Marchionne's enthusiasm in electric vehicles.

· · 5 years ago

Tom: hehe, probably so.

So does this spell the end of the gas Smart-ForTwo?

· · 5 years ago

Sergio's strategy is prolly something like "send a 100 Fiat 500 rollers over to AMP for conversion and charge it to marketing".

· SVL (not verified) · 5 years ago

Now here's an EV that I would seriously consider buying. Exactly the right size (smaller than a Leaf, but bigger than a pure city or bubble car like the Mitsubishi I).

· NISSANMASTTECH (not verified) · 5 years ago

My question for the converted cars is. Where is the battery pack going to go? Are they just jamming the battery pack in the hatch?

· · 5 years ago

@ nissanmastech - First you open the door. Then you take the battery pack off of the seat. Then you sit down. Then you put the battery pack in your lap.

· Londo Bell (not verified) · 5 years ago

@ alt-e,

And that's why "heated seats, front and rear" is standard equipment on all the converted EVs. LOL.

· · 5 years ago

The first Fiat 500 EV was owned by Gaddafi. It was a conversion done by Castagna. Maybe Sergio could work this fact into some of their advertising. Something like, "An EV even a brutal dictator would love".

http://www.worldcarfans.com/111083136183/gaddafis-fiat-500-castagna-ev-c...

"Motivation is provided by a lithium-ion battery which powers a 46 PS (34 kW / 45 hp) electric motor. This reportedly enables the car to hit a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph) and travel up to 260 km (162 miles) on a single charge. Interestingly, the €100,000 ($144,100 / £88,550) vehicle was also ordered with a massive recharging system which allows the battery to be replenished in just 10 minutes."

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