It is an icon of the European automotive industry, the car that helped Italy to grow more than six decades ago. The original design was re-mastered and, just like a black&white classic movie when it is colorized, the 500 was reinvented and brought back to the main automotive scene in 2007. Nowadays, the electric motor is the only one available on the little Italian car.
The 500 dropped its internal combustion engines and adopted an 87 kW electric motor, which is fed from a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery. The plug is in the rear side of the vehicle and the battery ensures a range of up to 320 km in the WLTP cycle. This power unit is enough for a 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph) sprint in 9 seconds flat and a 0 to 50 kph (0-31 mph) acceleration time of just 3.1 seconds. The top speed is limited to 130 kph (93.2 mph).
Inside the vehicle there are a lot of recycled materials, since the Fiat 500 has also become a statement of sustainability. A 7” TFT plays the dashboard role and works together with a 10.25” Touch Screen infotainment display.
The vehicle has multiple ways of charging and it comes as standard with a charging device, which can be plugged-in at home or in any regular 220v socket. An optional charging wall-box is provided for faster charging. In fast-charge mode, at public charging stations, it can be charged up to 80% in 35 minutes.