According to the latest reports from Automotive News, it appears that a joint venture of South Korea's Samsung SDI and Robert Bosch just won the contract to supply lithium-ion batteries for Chrysler's upcoming electric vehicle, the new Fiat 500 EV.
Furthermore, Samsung announced that the Fiat 500 EV, the electric version of the Fiat 500 will also be introduced on the U.S. market in 2012. Samsung did not provide further details on the contract terms or value.
"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."
Still, if you don’t want to wait until 2012, you can choose the 2011 Fiat 500 Sport, a gasoline powered version of the popular Fiat 500 minicar developed especially for the North American market.
The car comes with a new sport-tuned suspension, new 16-inch aluminum wheels with Mineral Gray painted pockets as well as a styled front and rear fascias with a larger grille and flared aerodynamic treatment Under the hood we find a 1.4-liter engine fitted with MultiAir technology and capable to deliver 135 hp. [via autonews - sub. required]