Is the Fiat Is the current 500 electric motor intended for hybrid drive? As you know, we've talked about it a lot, the electric Fiat 500 is selling well, but especially in Francein Germany and much less so in other countries.
So wouldn't a solution be to offer a choice of electric and hybrid powertrains, like the Jeep Avenger, Fiat 600 or soon the Alfa Romeo Junior B-SUV, to satisfy all markets? And is this technically possible?
That's the question we put to Guillaume Clerc, Fiat and Abarth Product Manager, on the occasion of our trip to Italy to learn more about the collaboration between Fiat and Disney : will the Fiat 500 electric be offered with a hybrid powertrain in the future?
Guillaume Clerc: "Technically, we could do it. Do we want to do it, no."
Italpassion: "In France or in Europe?"
Guillaume Clerc: "Worldwide. The electric 500 is manufactured in Turin, at Mirafiori. Its platform, called Mini, is unique, and Fiat is the only brand in the Stellantis Group to offer a car in the A segment. For the time being, this platform is for single use only. So we could fit a hybrid combustion engine, but we don't want to. The projection of the future is an electric future. This car has convinced customers in France and Germany. Less so in Italy, where the challenge lies. It's a real challenge for Fiat to succeed in its own country.
As you can imagine, with the current 500 model celebrating 17 years on the market next year, it's crucial for the Italian brand to make inroads in other countries, especially in southern Europe.