Stellantis has just unveiled the Fiat 500e at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show, which could potentially serve as a rival to the Chevy Bolt EV.
Not many details were given during the presentation, but specifications about the European-spec electric Fiat 500 are known. In that market, the Fiat 500 EV uses a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, yielding a range up to 320 kilometers (198 miles) using the WLTP test protocol. Charge speeds of up to 85 kW can replenish the battery to 80 percent in 35 minutes.
Additionally, the European Fiat 500 boasts level 2 semi-autonomous driving and connectivity, where driver interaction to change lanes or avoid hazards is still needed.
Representing Fiat’s newfound electrification efforts, the Fiat 500e will be sold in the North American market. This is significant, as the Fiat 500 hatchback was pulled from North American shores back in 2019, while the 500L and 124 Spider have disappeared from the lineup as well, leaving the 500X subcompact crossover as the only model available for now. As it stands, the Fiat 500e is expected to arrive in spring of 2024 as a 2024 or 2025 model.
“Today, more than ever, we are facing a global revolution, which means that customers are looking for more than just a car and we intend to embrace their changing needs,” FIAT CEO and CMO global of Stellantis Olivier Francois. “The new 500e is more than a car, it is a social project to feed America’s appetite for change toward sustainable mobility”
The most suitable GM EV rival to the new 500e would be the Chevy Bolt EV. However, as of the time of this writing, it is currently unknown if the Bolt EV will still be available on the market by then, or if it will be replaced by an Ultium-based crossover.
Regardless, GM is in the process of launching small, affordable EVs by 2027 with Honda. The result of another collaboration with the Japanese automaker are the upcoming Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX crossovers, both based on GM Ultium battery and Ultium Drive motor technology.