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2010 Detroit Auto Show: Fiat 500 BEV

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At the 2010 Detroit Auto Show today Chrysler rolled out its Fiat 500 minicar once again but this time around the diminutive hatch is sporting something very different. Labeled the Fiat 500 BEV, the new concept features an all-electric powertrain based on Chrysler’s modular electric drive technology that’s been in development for the past several years.

Packing similar technology and performance to the MINI E from BMW, the new Fiat 500 BEV is purely a concept and there are currently no plans for production.

Chrysler is yet to reveal any details on the concept but explains that it was created in order to investigate packaging of an electric powertrain in a smaller vehicle.

In contrast, the first Fiat 500 to make it to the U.S. has already been confirmed as the EV's near-polar opposite: the 500 Abarth version, which was also on show in Detroit. With its peppy 160-horsepower output from a 1.4-liter turbo four, it'll be a great ambassador for speed, but it won't make it here until late 2010 or early 2011.

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  1. I like the fiat 500 a lot more than the mini cooper. I can't stand the mini cooper's interior. If they sold electric ones, i'd be in love.
     
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  2. Another total waste of time and a complete step backwards.
    "The reason its the car of the future is because its like the car of today"-James May
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOVaHFUQASE
    Hopefully with Mercedes launching their version here in the U.S. later this year we can finally forget this electric nonsense and move forward.
     
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  3. This is the most cool and practical MINI E that I've heard about. Outside of being a danger to pedestrians it seems about perfect. I really like the frame concept.
     
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  4. IMO a lot of people are going to be surprised by what Sergio Marchionne can do with Chrysler.
    And he's not just looking at green and small cars, either- FIAT's already planned a new Viper, a strong Dodge Ram franchise, a new, larger Hemi V-8... even the potential manufacture of the Chrysler 300 in Italy-
    Underestimate this man at your peril- the guys' a proven winner. GM should be glad they didn't have him as their new boss... he's scare those dinosaurs half to death!
    Besides a healthier, more dyanamic, and exciting Chrysler... wait till you see the cool Alfas and FIATs he brings over as the icing on the cake...
    Viva FIAT!
    http://fiat2america.blogspot.com
     
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  5. 150 miles... that's not bad!
    Better than the Nissan Leaf (100miles) and the rather sad 13 or so miles of the plug-in Prius.
     
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  6. Umm see that bloody Prius.Hate it. I've a Fiat Bravo Multijet with plenty more poke than the ugly prius, does plenty more mileage and is as clean to the environment (just 119g/km). Oh and I get a better warranty too. Yeah Mr Marchione defo made a good lot of improvements with the Fiat Brand.. Just a shame the nay sayers havent tried to open their eyes a little and experience it all. Great Cars and fun to drive!!
     
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  7. Oh here on another note - Fiat in the UK have a great website (It's 3D) if any of you guys wanna have a nosey www.fiat.co.uk Have a nosey around the cars and their interiors. Might give ya an idea of what they do here in Europe and what might be coming states-side. Enjoy!!!
     
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  8. I have a fiat 500 1.2 sport... and it's the dogs b*****ks. As well as being cheap to run. I'd love an electric one though. It looks cool, although it is in the body of an Abarth 500, and i'm sure when they release it, it wont look as pimp as the one in the picture.
     
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  9. I've always been a fan of the Fiat Brand! I grew up in Hungary, and we had what was called the Polski Fiat - the made in Poland models. And even for a communist era car, it was a darn good one!
     
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