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(Virtual) Geneva 2020: Fiat 500 goes electric

The redesigned Fiat 500 was presented yesterday at an event in Milan, Italy. Production of the electric-powered next-gen 500 will begin at the FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Mirafiori plant in Turin later this year. Deliveries for the European market are scheduled for early 2021. At the moment, it’s not known whether the vehicle will make its way to the North American market. Recall that the previous generation was pulled from our market at the end of 2019.

The new 500 is similar to the one that left us, but it has a new, slightly larger platform. The new model is 2.4 inches longer and 2.4 inches wider than before, and the wheelbase has also been lengthened by 0.8 inches. So far, the new 500 has only been shown in a convertible configuration.

A 42-kWh lithium-ion battery sits in the floor and offers a range of about 320 km based on the more-generous European cycle. This should translate roughly into a range of about 250 km according to North American measurement standards - which would put the model at a competitive disadvantage in our market.

The battery can be charged with a capacity of 85 kW, which will allow 80% of the charge to be recovered in around 35 minutes, according to Fiat.

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