DETROIT – Stellantis is resurrecting the all-electric Fiat 500e for the U.S. market, because the automaker begins to launch EVs domestically to fulfill tightening gasoline financial system rules.
The small metropolis automotive is predicted to first go on sale as a special-edition “(500e)RED” mannequin early subsequent 12 months, beginning at $34,095, Stellantis mentioned Tuesday. It isn’t instantly clear whether or not the automobile will qualify for any federal EV subsidies or tax credit below the Inflation Discount Act outside of leasing.
The 500e would be the first all-electric automobile provided within the U.S. by Stellantis because the firm shaped in 2021. The automaker, born out of a merger between Fiat-Chrysler and the French PSA Group, at present gives a handful of plug-in hybrid electrical autos, with a number of further all-electric fashions deliberate within the coming years.
At simply over 3,000 kilos, Stellantis says the 500e is predicted to be the lightest all-electric automobile within the phase. Nonetheless, it is also anticipated to supply decrease vary and energy in comparison with many different EVs on sale immediately.
The automobile, which can be imported from Italy, options 162 foot-pounds of torque, an estimated 149 miles of vary and 0-60 mph time of 8.5 seconds. That efficiency is healthier than some EVs however nonetheless far decrease than the the less-expensive Chevrolet Bolt with 259 miles of vary on a single cost and 266 foot-pounds of torque, for instance.
The electrical Fiat 500e in addition to gas-powered fashions of the automotive have been beforehand constructed at a manufacturing facility in Mexico by Fiat Chrysler. Earlier than the automobile was discontinued in 2019, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne infamously instructed prospects to not purchase the 500e as a result of “each time I promote one it costs me $14,000.”
The RED mannequin is a collaboration between Stellantis; the corporate (RED), a charity cofounded in 2006 by U2 entrance man Bono to struggle AIDS; and The ONE Marketing campaign, a nonprofit targeted on eradicating poverty and preventable illnesses.
A Fiat spokesman mentioned further 500e fashions can be obtainable at Fiat dealerships sooner or later.