After years of prudent waiting and study, FCA sets off, thorn in hand. The electrification process of all the brands of the Italian-American group starts with a massive array of models. At the head, the iconic Fiat 500: the full-electric version, christened 500e, intended for the European market (a zero-emission twin has been circulating in the USA for years), will arrive after the summer, but will be launched in style – just for to understand how important it is – on July 4th, like all generations of the 500 that have followed one another over the years. The car should have stood out on the Fiat stand at the Geneva Motor Show, but the cancellation due to Coronavirus blew up the motor show effect. However, the expectation remains intact.
The electric revolution of FCA it has the outlines of a rapid escalation: in anticipation there is a range of 12 electric versions of new or existing models. The process also passes from the green update of the Melfi and Mirafiori plants, and from the creation of ad hoc services and devices for the electrified fleet.
The Geneva debut was skipped, the electric 500 will be revealed to the press tomorrow via the web. At the moment it is known that the car has a redesigned front with a new bonnet and new optical units, which has an autonomy of about 200 km, which will be produced in Mirafiori (where the assembly of the specimens is already underway series) and, finally, which will have a price of about 20 thousand euros. Meanwhile, the 500 and Panda Hybrid, both equipped with the new 3-cylinder engine of the Firefly family of 70 hp, which works in conjunction with the 3.6 kW BSG (Belt integrated Starter Generator) electric system are already available. Both are fundamental models in FCA’s e-Mobility strategy, because they are capable of reducing consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent, as well as guaranteeing all the tax and circulation benefits reserved for hybrid vehicles, while remaining accessible in price.
On another front sales champion, that of the Jeep brand, FCA recently presented the 4×4 SUVs Renegade and Compass in the 4xe version, the first specimens with Plug-in Hybrid technology (to which the Wrangler, presented at Ces at the beginning of the year). The two vehicles are currently available in the limited “First Edition”, available in the two Urban and Off-road configurations. The total power is 240 hp, generated by the 1.3 petrol turbo engine (on the front axle) and the electric unit (on the rear axle). The latter is powered by a rechargeable battery in motion or via an external socket, which guarantees 50 km of full-electric autonomy and CO2 emissions of less than 50 grams / km (Nedc2 values).
FCA’s approach it also provides for the development of solutions and services to facilitate those who buy electrified cars: this is the case of the Easy Wallbox, a plug-and-play recharging device developed with Engie Eps and which can work immediately, without changing the electrical system. Just fix it to the wall with two plugs and connect a schuko socket (up to 2.2 kW), to guarantee a Compass up to 180 km of autonomy with a night recharge (from 8 in the evening to 7 in the morning), protecting the power surge system. If you then want to load the car faster, the appliance is already set up to operate up to 7.4 kW.
March 2, 2020 (change March 2, 2020 | 11:27)
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