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Fiat 500 Electric

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Summary


The Fiat 500 Electric is all-new model that will sit alongside and eventually replace the existing Fiat 500 – which has been around since 2007 (albeit with several updates over the years).

The new model is a bit bigger and, as the name suggests, will only be available with electric power. Like previous generations, it is available as both a regular hatchback and as a cabriolet. It landed in the UK in Spring 2021 and the old petrol model will soldier along for possibly a couple more years before being retired.

Initial reviews of left-hand drive models on launch events have been strongly positive, although this is not unusual. Once the UK media get the chance to drive the car on local roads in UK specifications, we will get a more accurate indication of how the new Fiat 500 Electric stacks up against other city cars and small electric models.

Based on the launch reviews we have gathered to date, the new 500 Electric has been praised for its driving dynamics and interior quality, both of which are significant improvements over the old model. The main criticism is that the car remains cramped for four people and luggage, but then that goes for any car in this class. It’s also worth noting that while the new 500 range will start at a price of £20K, the journos were all driving cars priced close to (and sometimes beyond) £30K with higher performance, more equipment and better battery range.

It’s worth pointing out that, as of August 2021, the Fiat 500 Electric has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP and therefore has no safety rating. We will update the data below as soon as this happens, which should be sometime in the second half of 2021.

Key specifications


Body style: Small three-door hatch and cabriolet
Motor: electric, battery-powered
Price: From £19,995 on-road*
*price includes £3,000 government plug-in car grant

Launched: Spring 2021
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


No safety rating

As of March 2021, the new Fiat 500 Electric has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. Testing was halted during the first half 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and has been gradually resuming since Autumn 2020. Once the Fiat 500 has been put through its paces by Euro NCAP, we will publish the results here.

Eco rating


Five stars

The Fiat 500 Electric was awarded a five-star eco rating from Green NCAP in July 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

Green NCAP said: “With no pollutant emissions at the tailpipe, this full-electric car gets an unbeatable ten out of ten for the Clean Air Index. Energy efficiency of battery electric cars is very high compared with other types of vehicles and the Fiat gets full points here, too.

“However, the standard charger supplied with the vehicle was slow and inefficient so, in the long term, the customer will pay more for grid electricity than would be the case with a better unit. In Green NCAP’s current assessment, which looks only at tailpipe emissions and takes no account of upstream CO2, the 500 completes its hat-trick with maximum points in the Greenhouse Gas pillar.”

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Fiat 500 Electric has received

2021

  • Auto Express Awards – Best City Car + Best Small Electic Car for the City
  • What Car? Awards – Best Convertible
  • Electrifying.com Awards – Car of the Year + Best Small Car
  • Marie Claire Sustainability Awards – Best Electric Car
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Electric Small Car

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