Chrysler to develop new Fiat 500 electric vehicle for the United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

Chrysler announced today that it will build an all-electric vehicle using the Fiat 500 platform. For those who don´t know the Fiat 500EV made its debut back in January at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show and the manufacturer promises that the vehicle will demonstrate the immediate benefits of the alliance between Chrysler Group and the Fiat Group.

The Fiat 500EV powertrain is comprised of three main systems: a high power electric powertrain module, advance lithium ion battery, and an EV control unit to manage power flows.

Chrysler will manufacture the Fiat 500EV for the United States market starting 2012 and pricing will be announced closer to launch (it appears that the price will be similar to other electric vehicles in the market).

Regarding Chrysler's intention to build the Fiat 500 with a combustion engine for North America, this car will make its debut in late 2010.

The alliance with Fiat presented new opportunities to merge Chrysler Group engineering knowledge with new platforms and the Fiat 500EV is an outstanding example of our efforts, said Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President Engineering Chrysler Group LLC.

The Fiat 500 is a small, lightweight platform perfect for integrating electric-vehicle technology.

Fiat 500e combines exceptional design, performance and aerodynamics in order to create an electric vehicle capable of taking the market by storm. It has a combination of stylish curves and an exterior made to appeal to Cinquecento's enthusiasts. The 500e is also available as an e-Sport Package and comes with blacked-out windows and an undeniable athleticism.

Head of Fiat Style, Roberto Giolito, said that while many designers look to the future, they wanted to look back at their past and see the humble beginnings of the Cinquecento. They sought to examine the themes which made it so popular and create a contemporary version for the Fiat 500e. He added that by enhancing the Cinquecento silhouette, they created a zero-emission vehicle with incredibly advanced propulsion systems which manage to combine the essential elements of the 1960's Fiats.

Improved aesthetics and retro-futuristic styling cues look back to 1960s-era design and bring them up-to-date.

The Fiat 500e is an aerodynamic marvel. It combines small city driving with modernities and a passion for environmental vehicles and a retro-futuristic sensibility to create a new iconic Cinquecento.

This retro-futuristic styling was ever in the minds of the designers and engineers as they worked on the new Fiat 500e. Working closely to minimise drag, the team had several elements they wanted to keep such as the “whiskers and logo” face which comprises the headlamps, park and fog lamps. Now upgraded with bi-halogen lamps, the front has been redesigned to continue the designers wish to reduce drag and allow the airflow inlets to cool down the electrical parts of the vehicle.

The all-new Fiat 500e's futuristic look is in no small part owed to the dot-matrix fascia, its projector-beam fog lamps and logo emblazoned in the front.

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