The new Fiat 500e is now available in the United States. The news was made at a press conference at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Fiat’s first 500e EV, a conversion of the gasoline-powered 500, went on sale in 2012. In the 2019 model year, that model, along with the rest of the 500 range, was discontinued in the United States. While Fiat introduced the New 500 EV in Europe in 2020, it was never sold in the United States. However, a new all-electric 500e will be available in North America in early 2024. The US model will be fully shown during the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Fiat has not disclosed any details on the future North American model. The European New 500, on the other hand, may serve as a guide for what is to come. The EV was initially offered as a two-door cabriolet, with a three-door hatch arriving later. Fiat supplied the car with 24 kWh and 42 kWh batteries, with ranges of 115 and 199 miles, respectively. Depending on the engine, the output is 94 or 117 horsepower. Given US market preferences, expect the North American model to have more power and range than the European model, maybe even exceeding it.
Three one-off designer specimens were on hand for the presentation, which Fiat initially displayed during the 2020 premiere of Europe’s New 500. Customized versions of the EV hatch were supplied by Armani, Kartell, and Bvlgari. The constructions were intended to “embody the Italian spirit” and illustrate the new model’s “three souls”: sustainable design, sustainable fashion, and sustainable luxury.
The 500 Giorgio Armani has big “GA” brand wheels and the designer’s initials on the leather upholstery. It also has striking amber windows that contrast with the golden badging on the bodywork. The body is finished in a distinctive matt “Scarab Green” colour and has a laser-etched chevron pattern to enhance texture.
metal detail inlays. It’s a vehicle with all the fine touches you’d expect to find on a high-end designer handbag, and it works.
Kartell is a well-known Italian industrial designer who worked on the new 500e. The vehicle’s exterior is made out of glass, rubber, plastic, fabric, and metal that are all coated in the same shade of Kartell blue, which is drawn from the well-known Yves Klein blue. The paintwork is shiny “ecochrome,” and the Fiat and Kartell insignia are accentuated in contrasting polycarbonate plastic.
The upholstery is made of recycled plastic textiles on the inside. The seats are made from the same materials as Kartell’s existing furniture series. The dashboard is made of recyclable polycarbonate plastics and features a design inspired by the well-known Kartell Kabuki light.
With its B.500 “MAI TROPPO” design, Bvlgari adopted a high-concept approach to the car. It’s completed in a scorching orange hue with gold dust. The wheels are inspired by the Bvlgari star insignia, and the vehicle’s badging is completely gold-plated. The grille is decorated with the brand’s “Parentesi” design, which is also seen on the brand’s jewellery.
Bvlgari adorned the inside with lashings of patterned foulard silk. The seats are constructed of zero-impact leather, and the inlay panels have a similarly eye-catching geometric pattern. The steering wheel badge is also adorned with precious diamonds. These may be a problem in airbag deployment, but fancy designs are seldom concerned with such matters. It also comes with a unique hatbox and jewellery case, and the golden key to the car may be worn as jewellery if desired.
There haven’t been many tiny EVs on the market in the United States. Enthusiasts have frequently complained that the country is missing out on automobiles such as the New 500 and the Honda e. However, the tides are shifting. After a brief hiatus, the Chevrolet Bolt is currently available in significant quantities. Furthermore, rising petrol costs are anticipated to boost EV adoption, particularly of smaller, cheaper, more efficient vehicles. As a result, the new Fiat 500e appears to be ready to hit the market.