Fiat 500e: the first all-electric Fiat
Even car styling has its sacred rules. Rule number one: When a car is an almost perfectly proportioned classic, it is essential to avoid changing it too much. The Fiat 500 is a good example. Since its relaunch on 4 July 2007, exactly 50 years after the original, it has received only a minor mid-life facelift in 2015 – details like the shape of the headlights and dashboard.
It comes in numerous special editions that vary the trim, colours, materials and fabrics – see the Black Jack, the Vintage '57 and the Pepita, which is sprinkled with Swarovski crystals. Now, for the debut of its electric version, Fiat has created three unique models in collaboration with Giorgio Armani, Kartell and Bulgari. These one-off creations will be auctioned at a fundraiser so that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles can donate the proceeds to charity.
The standard version of the 500 has received some changes to its line, taking advantage of the freedom that battery power allows. At the front, the classic round headlights remain, but are sliced in half by the interstice between hood and bumper. The upper part functions as the daytime running lights. Then – surprise! – the Fiat symbol has disappeared from the front, appearing only at the rear. The 500 logo is centrally positioned above small air scoops. At the side there is a new direction indicator; the design of the rear has been left untouched. The interior is more restrained, almost minimalistic, but with enhanced connectivity given by Android Auto and Apple Car Play. An EV without digital gadgets would not be worthy of the name.
Autonomy: 320 km
Battery: 42 kWh
Charging time: 35 minutes
Price euro: 37.900
Article published on the Summer issue of ICON DESIGN.