In Milan, Italy, Fiat Chrysler presented the all-new Fiat 500, featuring a 42-kWh lithium-ion battery and an 85-kW fast charger.
With an output of 87 kW, the new 500 delivers acceleration from 0-62 mph in 9.0 seconds and 0-31 mph in only 3.1 seconds. The new 500 offers level 2 autonomous driving that includes intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (iACC) and Lane Centering.
Measuring 2.4 inches wider and 2.4 inches longer, with a wheelbase extended by 0.8 inch, the new 500 is the first Fiat car equipped with the new Uconnect 5 infotainment system, offering a 10.25-inch high-definition touchscreen.
“We need help on infrastructure and also on incentives,” said Fiat Brand Manager Olivier Francois.
“You can’t invest heavily in electric, as we have done, and live in a country that is not up to (providing) electrical mobility”.
Francois said “we expect answers from the government and the comuni.
“There is a commitment by Milan on electrification, and the same thing in Turin”.
He called the new car “an epochal novelty”.
Francois said the new car would be sold in Brazil starting next year and, “if there is demand, especially in California”, also in the US.
Luca Napoletano, EMEA chief for the Fiat brand, said that with the new car “Fiat wants to take the leadership of the electric market”.