Order books open for electric Fiat 500
Fiat has announced that the all-electric version of its current 500 model is now available for customers to reserve.
The Fiat 500 la Prima combines the model’s popular design – based on the original iconic 500, built between 1957 and 1975 – with a zero-emissions electric powertrain. The 42kWh battery can provide a 199-mile range on a single charge, while the 85kW fast charge system means that 30 miles of range can be added in just five minutes, while a rapid charger can charge the battery to 80% in 35 minutes. Buyers with off-street parking can also fit an easyWallbox that charges at up to 7.4kW, enabling the 500 to be charged in six hours.
Performance figures suggest that the 500 has a top speed of 93mph, while the 0-62mph acceleration test takes 9 seconds.
There are three driving modes: Normal, Range and Sherpa. Normal is described as being closest to driving a regular petrol version of the car, while Range mode activates a one-pedal driving function, using the accelerator only with a regenerative braking function that starts to slow the car as soon as pressure on the accelerator is released. The Sherpa mode optimises the battery’s efficiency, enabling the car to reach a destination set in the navigation system or the nearest charging station. It is able to do this by limiting the top speed to 50mph and adjusting a number of other parameters, such as switching off the heated seats and air conditioning system.
The 500 also features a number of driver assistance features, including front-facing camera technology, adaptive cruise control, lane centring, blind spot sensors and attention assist warnings that warn the driver when a break from the road is recommended.
Customers can now reserve the electric 500, in hatchback or convertible forms, in the UK with no deposit.