Is FIAT Next in Line for an Electric Quadricycle Platform?

Over the past year, we’ve talked a lot about the Stellantis platform for electric quad bikes. What started as a specific Citroën product selling just over 20,000 units in France, has since been sold all over Europe (in some markets such as Opel). Stellantis offered several variants of its quad bike, including cargo delivery and even a beach buggy concept.

But it now appears that the quad bike program will spread beyond the Stellantis portfolio, to include the FIAT brand.

2023 Fiat Topolino Show. (Clipper Silva).

Set to debut in Italy, the Stellantis teased the FIAT dealer base with pictures ahead of its launch in 2023. According to these dealers, the electrified quad bike will wear the Topolino after the iconic FIAT minivan that was in production from 1936 to 1955.

To help differentiate itself from the Citroën and Opel variants, the FIAT model could offer a version with a fabric roof. This would evoke memories of the original Topolino, as it was presented as a convertible with a fabric roof as well. We also wouldn’t be surprised if FIAT provided a cargo delivery form as well.

Currently, the Ami and Rocks-e weigh just 485 kg (or about 1,069 lbs) with a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery laid flat underground, don’t expect lightning performance like most electric vehicles on the market. The Stellantis electric quad bike has a 6.5 kW 48-volt electric motor driving its front wheels, allowing the vehicle to travel at a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph).

The car can reach 80% in 3 hours on a 230-volt household outlet, giving it a maximum range of 75 kilometers (47 miles).

2023 Fiat Topolino Show. (Clipper Silva).

To save costs, the body is completely symmetrical; Not only symmetrical from left to right, but also symmetrical front and rear, except for the doors and roof. As a result, it has doors with opposite openings, normal for passenger and anti-driver, the doors are identical to the hinges on the same side. There are no other doors, making the vehicle’s storage spaces accessible only from the two side doors.

Topolino is 2.41 m (7 ft 11 in) tall and 1.39 m (4 ft 7 in) excluding the width and height of its mirrors 1.52 m (5 ft).

We expect the FIAT Topolino to be revealed later this summer, ahead of its debut early next year.

The US (US) can also see the Fiat Topolino in a few select markets, as a fleet-only option with Stellantis’ Free2Move software. Free2Move offers a range of services to meet the multiple travel needs of its customers from one minute to several days or months with car sharing service, short term, medium or long term rental as well as booking VTC drivers, parking spaces and charging stations via the app.

2023 Fiat Topolino Show. (Clipper Silva).

Already present in markets like Washington, D.C., Los Angeles (California), Portland (Oregon), Denver (Colorado), Columbus (Ohio), and Austin (Texas), Free2Move teased that Citroën Ami has the potential to join its Washington, D.C. market platform. However, since the Citroën and Opel brands are no longer sold in the US market, the FIAT-branded Topolino could fit the profile that Free2Move is looking for.

The designs shown were created by Brazilian designer Kleber Silva (posted on Behance).

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