The Fiat New 500e, on March 4, 2020, in Milan, Italy. The car is manufactured in Mirafiriori plant Turin, Italy as the old petrol 500 is made in Tychy, Poland.
The New 500 sports a 320 km (199 mi) range on the regular European WLTP test cycle, rising to 400 km (249 mi) on the more favourable WLTP urban cycle. It is powered by an 87-kilowatt (116-hp) electric motor, fed by a 42-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack.
The New 500 sits on a totally new platform and is slightly bigger than the internal-combustion-engined car currently on sale (Fiat 500 (2007)). Its 6 cm (2.4 in) longer and 6 cm (2.4 in) wider and 4 cm (1.6 in) taller than Fiat 500 (2007).
The New 500 can accelerate from 0–50 km/h in 3.1 seconds and 0–100 km/h in 9.0s. The electric 500 has three driving modes – ‘Normal’, ‘Range’ and ‘Sherpa’. Fiat's press release describes Sherpa: “Just like a Himalayan Sherpa, who is in charge of the whole expedition and guides it to the destination, this driving mode adjusts various parameters: maximum speed, limited to 80 km/h (50 mph); accelerator response, in order to reduce energy consumption; and deactivation of the climate control system and heated seats.”
Under EU law, all EVs must produce some form of noise at low speeds to make pedestrians aware of their presence. Most cars go with some sort of spaceship tone, but seems that the 500 will play the music of Amarcord by Nino Rota when cruising below 20 kilometres per hour (12 mph). It will be sold initially in Europe only, with other markets including Brazil to follow in 2021. Exports to the U.S. could follow if there is sufficient demand.
The New 500 competes car like Renault Zoe, MINI Electric and Honda e. The New 500 is available as La Prima 2-door cabriolet four-seater only at start, more model variants coming later. Whether it hits the North American shores is still unknown.