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Fiat 500 Electric

Electric Fiat 500: 199 mile range, £29,000

The Electric Fiat 500 – the first fully-electric four-seater convertible to go on sale – has a driving range of up to 199 miles in the WLTP cycle, and costs £29,000.

The lithium-ion batteries, with a capacity of 42kWh, give the new 500 a range of up to 199 miles in the WLTP cycle. To optimise charging time, the 500 is equipped with an 85kW fast charge system. It takes only five minutes to build up a sufficient energy reserve to travel 30 miles, more than the average daily commute. Using a fast charger can also power the battery to 80% in just 35 minutes. The Combo 2 socket has the ability to accept both AC and DC charging.

Home charging solutions are also available. The launch edition of the new 500 comes complete with an Easy Wallbox™, a home charging system that can simply be connected to a normal home outlet. ENGIE EPS developed this solution exclusively for FCA. This simple, accessible “plug-and-charge” solution can be managed easily via Bluetooth. It can stabilise energy load by charging a 500 at home with up to 3kW of charging power, without the need for professional installation. The Easy Wallbox can be upgraded to 7.4kW, providing a full charge at home in just over six hours. The 500 also comes with a Mode 3 cable for charging at up to 11kW from a public charge point.

The New 500 has three driving modes: Normal, Range and Sherpa. Sherpa mode optimises the available resources to reduce energy consumption to a minimum, enabling it to reach the destination set on the navigation system or the nearest charging station.

This driving mode adjusts various parameters: maximum speed is limited to 50mph; accelerator response is managed in order to reduce energy consumption; and deactivation of both the climate control system and heated seats (the driver has the option of activating them at any time).

“Normal” mode is as close as possible to driving a vehicle with a normal combustion engine, while “Range” mode activates the “one-pedal-drive” function. By selecting this driving mode, the new 500 can be driven with the accelerator pedal alone. 

The electric motor has an output of 87kW, providing a maximum speed of 93mph (self-limited) and acceleration from zero to 62mph in 9 seconds and zero to 31mph in 3.1 seconds.

The new 500 is the first four-seater convertible with zero tailpipe emissions.

The “La Prima” is a limited edition to celebrate the launch of the new 500. In the UK, the price of the new 500 “La Prima” Convertible including Easy Wallbox, is £29,000 after the plug-in car grant.