The company recently launched a new, electric-only version of its hugely popular 500 city car, which will be sold alongside the existing 500 combustion engine. The company said it wants to improve access to electric vehicles, reduce barriers to entry, including improving charging infrastructure and contribute in improving air quality.
“Between 2025 and 2030, our product range will gradually become all-electric. This will be a fundamental change for Fiat,” said Olivier Francois, president of Fiat.
“The decision to launch the new 500 – electric and electric alone – was actually made before Covid-19. Even then, we already knew the world could not accept more concessions. We were reminded of the urgent need to take action and do something for the planet.”
Fiat is the latest brand to make a firm commitment or opt for its entire fleet in the wake of increasingly stringent legislation. Many countries, including the UK, have already committed to banning sales of virtually all new zero-emissions cars from 2030 onwards, but Fiat’s commitment to become electric by that date will only apply in countries where sales are still allowed. ICE.
The move fits with Fiat’s growing focus on city cars, led by the popularity of the 500. It also helps differentiate the brand from other major brands in the Stellantis group, such as Vauxhall and Citroën.
Fiat has not provided any details of plans for future electric cars other than the new 500, but the brand says production will not be limited to city cars. In 2019, it unveiled the Centoventi Concept EV, which effectively showcased the next generation of Fiat Panda. While this vehicle will likely use the Fiat-developed micro platform that underpins the new 500, the company will likely also develop EVs on Stellantis’ STLA platform, used by the Peugeot e208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e.
The Turin-based company says it will aim to improve the availability of charging stations for communities that do not have regular access, such as those in apartments, and is looking to increase the number of fast charging points.
Fiat confirmed its transition to an electric-only brand while announcing plans to rethink urban environments for the age of electric cars. The project will result in converting the roof of the Lingotto plant in Turin into 28,000 plants, in an effort to improve air quality.