Fiat 500e, is it returning to America?
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The new Fiat 500e has made its North American public debut for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This marks the first time a Fiat 500 model has appeared under the Italian marque in North America since the brand discontinued the nameplate after the 2020 model year. At the time, the 500 was the best-selling model in the brand’s North American lineup, and has since featured the 500X crossover as its only model.
To help showcase its next-generation electrified 500e, Fiat displayed two models in the electrification zone of the Stellantis booth.
The new 500e 3+1 is the most “universal” 500e. It has a unique “magic door” that makes it easier for passengers to get into the car, and the rear seats have everything you might need. This “magic door” complements the car’s structure, with no changes in design and dimensions, all retaining an agile city car. Instead, it exponentially increases ease of use, so passengers have easy access to the rear seats and can easily load bulky items. As an alternative, the usually hinged central pillar of the front door is fully integrated into the third door, creating a huge passage space when opened.
The new (500e)RED is “Made for Earth, Made for People” with a clear mission to protect the environment and people: it’s electric, it respects the environment and contributes to a more sustainable future. With the addition of (RED), this task is now a step further. The new (500e)RED is 100% electric, thus contributing to the fight against pollution; it is also a car with a high ethical content, thanks to a partnership with (RED) – an organisation led by Bono and Bobby Shriver was founded to fight pandemics for over 15 years.
The all-electric new 500e is designed for the next decade to meet the needs of electric mobility in future urban centres. Developed, engineered and produced entirely in Turin, Italy, where the 500 was born, the new 500e has become the company’s best-selling battery electric vehicle. In addition, the new 500e is a true global icon, sold in Europe, Israel and Brazil, with a planned launch in Japan in 2022.
Small new Fiat Electric Vehicle shatters ‘traditional’ barriers to electric vehicles. A new set of lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 42 kWh gives the 2021 Fiat 500e a range of up to 320 kilometers (or about 200 miles) on the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle.
To optimise charging times, the new Fiat 500e is equipped with an 85 kW fast charging system that charges the battery very quickly. For example, it only takes 5 minutes to build enough energy reserves to travel 50 kilometers (about 31 miles), which is more than the energy required for average daily use. The fast charger can also charge the battery to 80% in just 35 minutes. The Combo 2 socket is located on the right rear panel of the car and provides both AC and DC charging.
The 500e is the first city car with Level 2 Assisted Driving, and the availability of three different body styles: hatchback, convertible and 3+1. Thanks to the new Uconnect 5 infotainment system, the 500e is always connected. “Hey Fiat” is an advanced voice recognition system, so you can talk to the car with just the wake word “Hey Fiat”.
Fiat’s story begins in 1900 when Italian entrepreneur Giovanni Agnelli opened the first Fiat factory in Turin, Italy. Agnelli founded the car company with a group of local investors, calling their newest venture: Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (FIAT), or Italian Automobile Factory of Turin.
Fiat Auto is the largest car manufacturer in Italy. In its more than a century-long history, it has been Europe’s largest automaker and the world’s third largest automaker after General Motors and Ford for more than 20 years until the automotive industry in the late 1980s. crisis. In 2013, Fiat S.p.A. was the second largest automaker in Europe and seventh in the world by production volume.
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