Chrysler-FIAT To Build EV For 2013, The 500E (VIDEO)

5 years ago by Mike Buchanan 6

The 2013 Fiat 500 EV will be the first Chrysler entry into the electric vehicle world

Although the other two Big Three, Chevy and Ford, have been producing and experimenting with EVs for years, Chrysler has just announced plans to jump into the booming marketplace with the Fiat 500E.

 

We do believe in electrification, sparingly and for the right kinds of targeted applications. We’re developing technology for commercialization  preparing for the shift when consumers state pulling them into the marketplace,” Bob Lee, vice president and head of engine and electrified propulsion engineering, said at a Center for Automotive Research conference in Acme, Michigan on August 7th.

 

Not much information has been released by Fiat about the power, battery, or range for their first EV.

According to Bloomberg, Chrysler’s parent company Fiat, is looking to begin production of an electric Fiat 500 compact later soon and package it as a 2013 model. According to Motor Trend, the 2013 Fiat 500 EV will be manufactured at Toluca, Mexico starting sometime this summer. Not much information has been released, but MT is saying the batteries will be lithium-ion and made in Korea, then assembled in Ohio, and finally installed in the vehicle down in Mexico.

 

Currently, Chrysler will continue to produce a plug-in hybrid-electric Chrysler Town and Country vans, but in limited numbers. They are also in the research and development stages of a fleet of plug-in hybrid Ram pickup trucks. Not much information has been released about the power configurations for the Ram trucks.

 

To learn more about the Fiat 500E and the other current electric vehicle programs from Chrysler, take a look at this report from Bloomberg.

 

Here is a quick video of the concept version of the 2013 Fiat 500 EV:

 

Also, here are a few more pictures from Motor Trend showing a press picture and test vehicles in California:

 

 

UPDATE:

Here is the only picture I could find to support the final destination for the plug, however this is from a test vehicle, not a production version:

Picture of the charger plug located inside the fuel filler door on the gasoline powered 500.

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6 responses to "Chrysler-FIAT To Build EV For 2013, The 500E (VIDEO)"

  1. Anton Wahlman says:

    When and where were (1) the video and (2) the picture taken? Notice anything somewhat different between the cars, other than the color and the wheels?

  2. Mike Buchanan says:

    Anton, the first one is the European version that was released back in 2010 as test car featuring an EV platform. The video is from later that year when a production version was completed. The current road going version will have the same look at the concept. I will upload another picture from Motor Trend.

    1. Anton Wahlman says:

      Yes, the first picture has the connector up front, like the Nissan LEAF. I don’t think that was the case in the subsequent prototypes and testing vehicles. This will be a direct competitor to the Chevrolet Spark.

      1. Mike Buchanan says:

        Anton, just attached the ONLY other picture I could find regarding the connector. The location on this is under the fuel filler door, however this was found on a test model and not a production one.

  3. Bill Howland says:

    Well, at least they are using the North American Standard SAE J772 connector.

  4. Bill Howland says:

    er, j1772 (correction)