No, grazie … Fiat has skilfully kept out of the electric circus up to now. The 500e has been running on electricity in the USA since 2013, but did not make it across the pond. To this end, a completely newly developed and optically independent electric 500 will be launched in Europe this year (this model plays a key role in the electromobility strategy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which provides for the launch of a variety of products and services related to sustainable mobility in 2020). But if you don’t want to say Arrivederci completely to the petrol engine, you can now order the 500 and the Panda as a hybrid, specifically: as a mild hybrid.
The drive technology of the 500 Hybrid and Panda Hybrid is identical. The 70 HP and 92 Newton meter 1.0 liter three-cylinder petrol engine is supported by a belt starter generator, which contributes up to 3.6 kilowatts of power under load and when starting. Thanks to the extremely smooth recuperation and normal braking, electricity is recovered while driving.
This is stored in a small lithium-ion pack with eleven amp hours, which is located directly under the driver’s seat. If you take your foot off the clutch at less than 30 km / h and bring the gear lever into neutral, the two little ones even set sail with the twelve-volt electrical system. Fiat specifies a fuel consumption (WLTP) of 3.9 liters per 100 kilometers – that means 88 or 90 grams of CO 2 per kilometer (500 Hybrid or Panda Hybrid).
Emission standard: good Euro 6d. One can only say: Bravissimo! We also like the seat covers of the two Italians. They contain ten percent plastic that was collected from the sea and 90 percent recycled material from sources on land. By the way, Fiat is working with the Seaqual initiative to help clean up the oceans from waste.
“The 500 Hybrid and the Panda Hybrid are revolutionizing urban mobility by making MHEV * vehicles accessible to a wide audience!” Andreas Blecha, spokesman for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Austria * Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle
500 Hybrid and Panda Hybrid can be recognized by the “Hybrid” lettering on the rear. The special models of the Launch Edition also have special logos on the B-pillar.
The letter H is formed by two drops of dew, symbolizing the beginning of a new era. Both models are also painted in the exclusive color “Rugiada Green” – a homage to the subjects of nature and innovation. Bella Italia!