2023 Fiat 500e stuck for Australian debut
- Fiat’s all-electric 500e/New 500 set to arrive in Australia
- The latest model was launched in 2020
- Price could see it compete as the cheapest electric vehicle on sale
Fiat’s Australian branch has confirmed that its all-electric 500e will go on sale locally next year.
First launched in Europe two years ago by Fiat as the New 500, the electric city car is now coming to Australia, although no price or local feature has been locked in.
Unlike its predecessor, which debuted in 2008 and is still on sale today – making it one of Australia’s oldest new cars – the New 500 is only available as an electric vehicle, the international markets offering a choice of 70 kW and 87 kW motors. , coupled to 23.8 kWh and 42 kWh batteries respectively.
It’s likely the Australian models will come with the largest motor and battery combination, offering a range of around 305 kilometers – on par with potential rivals such as the standard BYD Atto 3 Superior range as well as the fully-equipped Kona and Ioniq. electric from Hyundai.
Speaking of its rivals, price could be an asset for the 500e, with its UK after-tax price of £23,835 (AU$41,800) in 70kW form and £31,485 (AU$55,250). ) with the 87kW motor potentially putting it in the hot-combat EV contested under $60,000.
An 85kW DC fast-charging system is available with the larger of the two batteries, with Fiat claiming it can charge the battery from zero to 80 per cent in just 35 minutes and add 50km of range in five minutes.
Overseas, the 500e is available in three body styles – a sedan, a convertible and the unique 3+1, the latter offering a small, reverse-hinged door on the passenger side – although it’s likely only the conventional three-door will come to the local market.
Although not confirmed by the local Fiat subsidiary, it is likely that the arrival of the New 500 will mark the end of the current life of the 500 in Australia, ending a long period of nearly 15 years.
Fiat previously announced plans to become an all-electric brand by 2030, as its UK operations confirmed earlier this week that it would drop non-electrified models from its range by next year.
wheels will provide updates on the launch of the 500th as it nears its arrival in the first half of 2023.