Monday, March 22, 2010

Fiat 500 Electric Vehicle Will Come From Michigan in 2012

 Chrysler Group plans to produce a pure electric vehicle using the Fiat 500 platform with a powertrain comprised of a high power electric powertrain module, advance lithium ion battery, and an EV control unit to manage power flows. (The Fiat 500EV is pictured above at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit - January 2010.) All powertrain engineering and vehicle development will take place at Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Pricing will be announced closer to launch, but will be competitive with similar electric vehicles in the market.

Later this year Chrysler Group will debut a Fiat 500 with a combustion engine for North America. Beginning in 2012, Chrysler  will manufacture the Fiat 500EV for the United States market.