Saturday, July 30, 2022

New 2023 Fiat 500 EV Coming to US!



It is official. Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, has confirmed that the New Fiat 500EV will arrive on US shores. The confirmation came during a conference call discussing First Half 2022 financial results.  

Quote:

"We will bring, at one point in time, the Fiat 500E to the US market, as we believe that there is also potential over there to make profitable sales in some specific states."

The New Fiat 500 E was introduced in 2020 and has become the number one selling EV in Germany and Italy and in the top three in Spain and France. Overall, the Fiat 500E ranked third in total sales in the European electric car market.

The New 500 E is sold in 38 countries throughout four different geographical areas: Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Japan. Sales of the New Fiat 500E have totaled 100,000 in the past two years, and the car has earned 30 international awards in nine countries. 

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Source: Stellantis First Half 2022 Results at 24'19"

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Fiat at The 2022 New York Auto Show






The Fiat display at the 2022 New York Auto Show was a surprise this year. Currently, the only Fiat model sold in the US is the 500X crossover. However, Fiat showed up with two European-only Fiat 500 EVs to augment the sole 500X on display. This was a happy surprise for Fiat enthusiasts hungry to see these new models.

2022 Fiat 500X 




The Fiat 500X on display was the new Yacht Club Capri edition. For 2022, the Fiat 500X is available in four models - Pop, Trekking, Sport, and Trekking Plus. The biggest news for 2022 is the addition of a retractable, folding fabric roof top option and the limited production 500X Yacht Club Capri special edition model. Fiat has a tradition of making special edition models aimed at the well-to-do and fashion conscious buyer, and this classy car is loaded with exclusive trim.





Yacht Club Capri special edition is based on the 500X Sport trim and features:
  • Venezia blue exterior paint
  • Exclusive 18-inch sport wheels
  • Unique blue Al-Fresco soft top
  • Exclusive ivory leather seats with blue piping
  • Exclusive woodgrain dash insert with satin-finished gear shift
  • Yacht Club Capri exterior badging and satin-finished exterior trim


The Fiat 500X received a makeover in 2019, including a new engine that substantially enhanced the driving experience with more torque and better fuel economy over previous years. Compared to the competition, the 2022 500X has the best-in-class engine torque and fuel economy. The 500X 1.3-liter direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine achieves a 30 miles per gallon highway MPG rating in government tests.

2022 Fiat 500 EV 



Fiat displayed its 500 3+1 LaPrima and 500 RED versions. The 3+1 is a 500 with a third rear door on the passenger side that assists entry to the back seat. Two-door cars are coming out of favor as crossovers, and four-doors take over the market. The extra rear door gives improved access to the rear like the larger crossovers and 4-doors offer but keeps the weight down from having a fourth rear door. Fiat calls this the "magic door," and it doesn't change the car's dimensions.

The La Prima edition was the first edition model offered by Fiat in Europe. The La Prima comes with special equipment.





FIAT 500 LA PRIMA EXTERIOR

  • Rear Magic Door.
  • LED Head Lighting with "Infinity" signature.
  • LED side arrows inspired by the '57 Fiat 500.
  • Redesigned electric door handle with e-latch system.
  • 17-inch Alloy Wheels.
  • Dedicated La Prima badge.
  • Special Rose Gold body color and detailing.
  • Chrome Daylight Opening and Side Moulding.



FIAT 500 LA PRIMA INTERIOR

  • Premium soft touch dashboard fascia.
  • Premium interior with Fiat monogram seats with 6-way adjustments.
  • Dedicated La Prima logo with the classic 500 badge on the soft-touch premium steering wheel. 
  • New A+C USB smart device charger.



FIAT 500 LA PRIMA ELECTRIC FEATURES

  • All new electric range of 320 km.
  • "Sherpa Mode" optimizes the car's range, saving energy and helping you to get to your destination.
  • Fast charging and the ability to reach 80% of full battery charge in 35 minutes.
  • One Pedal Driving, using the right foot pedal both to accelerate and decelerate.
  • Optional Wallbox home unit designed exclusively for FCA.



FIAT 500 LA PRIMA TECHNOLOGY

  • All-new 10.25-inch Infotainment System with Navigation.
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
  • My ECharge Fiat app finds nearby public charging stations and allows access to features for charging, payments, and tracking charging history.










Fiat 500 (RED) Edition





The 500 RED version comes from the partnership with the organization called (RED) –  founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver and committed to combating pandemics for over 15 years. The car shown was a 500 Cabrio, which features a sliding fabric top.

 In keeping with (RED)'s core principles, the 500 (RED) edition has some noteworthy equipment:
 Air Cabin Filter, Seat Fabric, Steering Wheel Upholstery, and Trunk are all treated with a biocide substance with effective action (up to 95% at the time of the treatment') against viruses and bacteria, with prolonged protection over time.
Sanitizing Glove Box. A UV-C lamp inside the glove compartment helps sanitize the surface of the items exposed to it, such as phones, door keys, and other small everyday objects.

FIAT 500 RED EDITION EXTERIOR


Chromed daylight opening with new glossy black plate and 500(RED) .
Red-painted details including the front logo and mustache, mirror caps, Fiat rear logo, and wheel hubcap.
Optional 16-inch burnished alloy wheels.


FIAT 500 RED EDITION INTERIOR

  • Two seat color options, Black or Red seats, with Fiat monogram, SEAQUAL® MARINE PLASTIC, black or red piping, with dedicated logo.
  • New red painted dashboard.
  • New front and rear floor mats with red stitching.
  • Premium wrapped steering wheel "soft touch" with the new (RED) logo.
  • Red gas pedal

FIAT 500 RED EDITION TECHNOLOGY

  • Ultra-fast Bluetooth connection.
  • Smartphone-like interface with a customizable screen layout. 
  • Fully integrated Navigation platform.
  • 7-inch digital cluster.
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
  • My ECharge Fiat app finds nearby public charging stations and allows access to features for charging, payments, and tracking charging history.
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Monday, March 14, 2022

Fiat 500 EV Complete Specifications

 

New Fiat 500 EV
2022 Fiat 500 EV


Complete specs for 2022 Fiat 500 EV. Includes battery/vehicle range, performance, exterior dimensions and much more.*

New Fiat 500 EV GENERAL INFORMATION

Vehicle Type: A-segment hatchback/ Cabrio

Vehicle Class: Mini-compact

Assembly Plant: Mirafiori plant in Turin


New Fiat 500 EV BODY/CHASSIS

Layout: Front-wheel drive  All Electric Vehicle

Construction Unitized: steel body

Number of seats: 4


New Fiat 500 EV ENGINE & PERFORMANCE

Electric engine technology: Permanent Magnet e-motor

Max power output EEC kW (cv): 87 kW (118 cv)

Max torque Nm EEC (Nm); 220 Nm

Top Speed (km): 150 Km

0 -100 km/h: 9 sec

0 -50 km/h: 3.1 sec

New Fiat 500 EV GEARBOX

Type: Gearbox with a single gear ratio speed reducer 

Number of forward gears: 1

New Fiat 500 EV BATTERY

Capacity(kWh): 42 kWh

Usable capacity(kWh): 37,3 kWh

Technology: Lithium-ion

Total voltage(volts): 400 volts

Cell configuration(Series|Parallel): 96S/2P

Battery weight:  294,3 kg / 648.82 lbs

New Fiat 500 EV CHARGING TIME

2,3kW AC home outlet (single-phase 13A) (0-100%) -MODE 2: 15h15'

11kW AC station (three-phase 16A) (0-100%) -MODE 3: 4h15'

50kW DC Fast Charging -MODE 4 (0-80%): -

85kW DC Fast Charging -MODE 4 (0-80%): 35'


New 500 EV RANGE & CONSUMPTION

Certified WLTP (km / miles) combined cycle driving range

  • 315 -320 (Passion Hatch) / 195.7 - 198.84 miles
  • 313 -313 (Passion 3+1) / 194.49 miles
  • 303 -303 (Passion Cabrio) / 188.28 miles
  • 312 -321 (Icon Hatch) / 193.88 - 199.46 miles
  • 307 -314  (Icon 3+1)  / 190.76 - 195.11 miles
  • 300 -303 (Icon Cabrio)   / 186.41 -188.28 miles

Certified WLTP (km) city cycle driving range (km / miles)

  • 449 -459 (Passion Hatch) / 279 - 285.21 miles
  • 445 -445 (Passion 3+1) /  276.51 miles
  • 436 -436 (Passion Cabrio) /  270.92 miles
  • 447 -460 (Icon Hatch) /  277.75 - 285.83 miles
  • 438 -447  (Icon 3+1) /  272.16 - 277.75
  • 435 -437 (Icon Cabrio) /  270.30 - 270.54 miles

Certified combined cycle consumption (Wh/km)

  • 140 -142 (Passion Hatch)
  • 143 -143 (Passion 3+1)
  • 147 -147 (Passion Cabrio)
  • 140 -143 (Icon Hatch)
  • 143 -145  (Icon 3+1)
  • 147 -148 (Icon Cabrio)

Wheels size of the certified version

  • 15'' (Passion Hatch)
  • 15'' (Passion 3+1)
  • 15'' (Passion Cabrio)
  • 16'' (Icon Hatch)
  • 16''  (Icon 3+1)
  • 16'' (Icon Cabrio)
Fiat 500EV Cabrio


New Fiat 500 EV DIMENSIONS

Length(mm/ inch): 3.632 / 142.99

Height(mm/inch): 1.527 / 60.12

Width(mm/inch) -no mirrors(W 103): 1.683/ 66.26

Width(mm/inch) -folded mirrors(W 145): 1.748 / 66.82

Width(mm/inch) -with mirrors(W 144): 1.900 / 74.80

Wheelbase(mm/inch): 2.322 / 91.417

Boot volume min(l) : 185 liters

Boot volume max(l) : 550 liters

Front overhang(mm): 732 / 28.82

Rear overhang (mm): 577

New Fiat 500 EV WEIGHT

DIN Kerb weight (kg/lbs)

  • 1365 kg / 3009 lbs (hatch)
  • 1395 kg /  3075 lbs (3+1)
  • 1405 kg / 3097 lbs (Cabrio)

Weight standard A (kg/lbs)

  • 1290 kg / 2844 lbs (hatch)
  • 1320 kg / 2910 lbs (3+1)
  • 1330 kg / 2932 lbs (Cabrio)

payload including driver: 400 kg / 881.85 lbs

New Fiat 500 EV BRAKES

Front: Disc rotor:  281 x 26

Rear: Drum:  203 x 28

New Fiat 500EV SUSPENSIONS

Front: MacPherson strut

Rear: Twist beam

New Fiat 500 EV STEERING

Power: electric

Ratio: 16,1 : 1

Turn lock to lock: 2.98

Kerb to Kerb turning circle(m): 9.7 meters / 31.824 feet

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*European Specifications
Note: Official numbers are in metric. US measurements provided for convenience. Refer to metric measurements in case of any discrepancy.

Source: Stellantis N.V.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Fiat 500 and Abarth Drag Coefficients

 

Fiat 500 Side View


The Fiat 500 is surprisingly aerodynamic. Through careful design and the use of the wind tunnel, the European  Fiat 500 achieved a 0.325 coefficient of drag. That's better than a bunch of slinky sports cars like the Ferrari F40, F50, Testarossa and 360, the Corvette Z06, and Dodge Viper GTS.* This is even more remarkable because the 500 is a relatively tall and stubby car compared to the more common teardrop shape given to low drag cars.

Fiat 500 and Abarth Drag Coefficients

Fiat 500 Drag Coefficient (Cd):

  • 500e - 0.311
  • 500 Pop — 0.332
  • 500 Sport — 0.362
  • 500 Lounge — 0.359
  • 500c Pop and Lounge — 0.364
  • 500 Turbo — 0.362
  • European 500 - 0.325

Fiat 500 Abarth


Fiat 500 Abarth Drag Coefficient (Cd):

  • 500 Abarth: 0.352 — with 16-in. wheels
  • 500 Abarth: 0.365 — with 17-in. wheels
  • 500c Abarth: 0.352 — with 16-in. wheels
  • 500c Abarth: 0.365 — with 17-in. wheels

The Fiat 500e is the most aerodynamic 500 (0.311). This results from an additional 140 hours of wind tunnel refinement given to the all-electric 500e to reduce noise and increase driving range. Electric cars run relatively silently, so wind noise is more noticeable, and its reduction is a priority. 

The main areas Fiat engineers concentrated on were:
  • Front fascia sealing
  • Aerodynamically optimized front fascia design
  • Flush profile 15 inch aluminum wheels
  • Streamlined exterior mirror caps
  • Under vehicle belly pans
  • Refined side sills
  • Drag reducing rear fascia design
  • Optimizing the liftgate mounted spoiler
One of the Fiat designers told me that he spent a lot of time crunched up in the trunk of the 500e during wind tunnel test adjusting the rear fascia to achieve the best results!


Fiat 500e Side View Mirror Cap


. An example of how a little change can make a difference. The mirror caps on the Fiat 500e are unique. Notice the sharp edge molded in and compare that with the mirror cap of the standard Fiat 500 shown below. This subtle change improves the aerodynamics and also wind noise. Details like this add up to a 13 percent reduction in aerodynamic drag 0.311 Cd compared to a 500 Lounge model's 0.359 Cd. 

Fiat 500 Side View Mirror Cap

You can see more of the Fiat 500e aerodynamic details here in the article linked below:



Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio


You will notice Abarths are not the most aerodynamic efficient models. This is because priority on those cars was given to increase high-speed downforce and extra cooling flow for the twin-intercooled, turbocharged engine. Wider tires, essential for high-performance driving, also increase drag.

Fiat 500 Abarth Spoiler



So the next time someone mentions your car is as aerodynamic as a phonebooth or brick, you now have the facts!


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* Some well known cars the Fiat 500 beats aerodynamically:
1987 Ferrari F40: 0.34
2004 Ferrari F430 F1: 0.34
1996 Ferrari F50: 0.372
1986 Ferrari Testarossa: 0.36
1999 Ferrari 360 Modena: 0.34
2006-13 Corvette Z06: 0.34
1996 Dodge Viper GTS:  0.35
2004 Aston Martin Vanquish: 0.35
2006 BMW Z4 M coupe: 0.35
1989 Mazda Miata: 0.38
1974 Lamborghini Countach: 0.42

Source: Wikipedia, FCA
Images: FCA and Author

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

New Electric Fiat 500 on Display in Las Vegas

 

Fiat 500 EV at CES 2022 Las Vegas


The new generation, all-electric Fiat 500 may be getting closer to being sold in America. A European-spec 2021 Fiat 500e will be on display at the CES 2022 technology event in Las Vegas, Nevada, being held January 5-8, 2022.

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is considered the world’s pre-eminent technology event. First held in 1967, the yearly event has introduced thousands of electronic products to the world. Many of these items have transformed the way society operates. So it is only fitting that the new Fiat 500 is shown at the event. The 500 is the largest selling EV in the Stellantis portfolio. It is aimed at bringing electric mobility to cities and beyond.


Fiat 500 RED at CES 2022


So far, the big question for Fiat fans and EV enthusiasts of if and when the new Fiat 500 EV will make it to America has yet to be answered.  Still, it is a promising sign to see the car prominently on display.


Below is the Stellantis Press Release.

Fiat 500 3 plus 1 at CES 2022


Fiat New 500 at the CES Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show 2022


  • The Fiat New 500 is displayed in its 3+1 and New (500)RED versions in the Electrification Zone of the Stellantis stand.
  • The Italian Brand plays its role within the Group, showcasing its most iconic and high-tech model: the all-electric New 500, illustrating simple & joyful mobility for all, a new dolce vita.
  • Advanced electrification, cockpit technology, autonomy, and connectivity displays provide tangible examples of Stellantis’ transition to a sustainable tech mobility company.


The Italian icon in its two versions, New 500 3+1 and the New (500)RED, is on display in the Electrification Zone, one of the four on the Stellantis stand @ CES.

CES 2022, January 5th to 8th, is the world’s pre-eminent technology event and the ideal setting to showcase Stellantis’ capabilities today and preview the future of advanced electrification, interior cabin technology, autonomy, and connectivity.

And the Italian Brand plays its role within the Group, showcasing its most iconic and high-tech model: the FIAT flagship. The all-electric New 500 is designed for the next decade and to suit electric mobility needs in the city centers of the future.


Fiat 500 3 plus 1




The New 500 is a true milestone in the FIAT electrification process: the most iconic and popular FIAT model has become totally new, full-electric and electric alone. Around the world, the 500 is the epitome of the Italian car: beautiful, a classic design, a work of art, and inspiration. In one word: an icon.

The New 500 is entirely developed, engineered and produced in Turin, Italy, where the 500 was born and has become the company’s best-selling BEV. Besides, the New 500 is a true global icon, available in Europe, Israel, and Brazil, with its launch in Japan planned for 2022.

The small new FIAT EV has broken down the ‘conventional’ barriers to electric: range (up to 320 km WLTP, increasing to 460 km in the urban cycle alone), charging times (85-kW Fastcharge as standard), and complexity of use (“Tech it Easy”). The New 500 is the first city car with Level 2 Assisted Driving and the availability of three different bodies: hatchback, Cabrio, and 3+1. Courtesy of the new fifth-generation Uconnect Infotainment system, the New 500 is always connected. “Hey FIAT” is the advanced voice recognition system, so you can talk to the car just by using the wake words “Hey FIAT.”

Fiat 500 3 plus 1 at CES 2022


The New 500 3+1 is the most “versatile” New 500. It features a unique “magic door” to make it easier for the passengers to get in, and access everything you might need on the rear seats. 


This “magic door” fits in harmoniously with the car’s structure, with no changes to its design or dimensions, both remaining those of an agile city car. Instead, it exponentially increases the ease of use, so passengers can effortlessly get into the rear seats, and bulky items can easily be loaded. As an alternative, the central pillar – to which the front door is usually hinged – is fully integrated into the third door, which creates an enormous access space when opened.

Fiat 500 RED displayed at CES 2022


The New (500)RED is “Made for the Planet, Made for its People” and has a clear mission to protect the environment and people: it’s electric, respects the environment, and contributes to a more sustainable future. That mission is now going even further with (RED) on board. The New (500)RED is 100% electric, thus making its contribution to the fight against pollution; it is also a car with great ethical content courtesy of the partnership with (RED) – the organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver, committed to combating pandemics for over 15 years.


Together with the Jeep and Ram brands, FIAT has committed to donate at least $4 million to support the work of the Global Fund in fighting pandemics around the world in the next three years. Thanks to its presence at CES, the New (500)RED is also the ideal ambassador to convey the message to the U.S..

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Adapted Press Release courtesy of Stellantis 

Images: Stellantis