The Detroit Free Press reports that Chrysler will display a battery-electric version of the Fiat 500 at the upcoming North American International Auto Show. No decision has been made whether the car will be offered for sale in the US, according to the report.
|The electric 500 from Alelion and Autoadapt. Click to enlarge.|
Italy-based Micro-Vett SpA, which produces electric versions of several other Fiat vehicles, has developed an electric version of the 500, unveiled by the NICE car company in 2008. (Earlier post.) Featuring a 22 kWh Li-ion pack and a 30 kW, 100 N·m drive motor, the Micro-Vett electric 500 has a range of 145 km (90 miles) and a top speed of 114 km/h (71 mph).
More recently, in April 2009, Swedish automobile adaptation company Autoadapt AB said it intends to produce a limited number of electric Fiat 500s, powered by a choice of three different capacity lithium iron phosphate battery packs, power electronics and drive from another Swedish company, Alelion.
According to the powertrain and product strategy laid out by Chrysler executives in November (earlier post), Chrysler is to function as the “global center of engineering competence for hybrids and electric vehicles for Fiat Group and Chrysler Group”. That plan suggested the introduction of a battery-electric light commercial vehicle around 2012, with future introductions left even more unspecified.