December is like the preview to what will happen the next year on the Automotive circuit and accordingly this is the time speculation and rumors start to fly. Included in that frenzy this year is the Fiat 500 and the potential for an electric version to come to market. According to our green experts over at GreenCarReports.com, the rumor of an EV version of the Fiat 500 has been floating out in the ether for a couple of months now. Now, it is said that Chrysler will be bringing an EV Fiat 500 and a Lancia Delta, sporting a Chrysler badge, to the 2010 Detroit Auto Show next month.
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An EV version of the Fiat 500 would definitely round out the pack of small cars set to go on sale late in 2010. In case you missed it, the current information says the Fiat 500 line up will be as follows: the standard 500 hatchback, the 500C cabriolet, and the “hot-hatch” 500 Abarth. All production of the Fiat 500 models is planned for the Chrysler plant in Toluca, Mexico with the 1.4-liter engines being produced in Dundee, Michigan.
Micro-Vett electric Fiat 500 from NICE Car Company, 2008 London Motor Show
Bottom line—I might have to buy all four versions if they indeed go into production. Given all the praise the Fiat 500 has received in Europe, the MINI Cooper might have its work cut out for it to stay on top of the “mini” car market.
Be sure to cruise on over to John Voelcker’s in-depth report on the Fiat 500 EV and e500 conversions at GreenCarReports.com. Also, check out our report from October.