In 2017 Classic Chrome came up with the idea of converting the original Cinquecento to Electric Power and in conjunction with specialist 'Electric Classic Cars' in Wales, we have now produced our first two cars!
If you want a small city EV, you have a choice of cars that can be best described as 'not very good looking' and once you’re behind the wheel, the obvious visual issue is solved as you can no longer see it. This leads us to the second glaring problem: the fact that they are all terribly boring to drive. So, if you want a small compact EV to zip around your chosen city then you should probably give up and buy a bicycle.
But wait! There is another way.
This is the Electric Fiat 500, and it is a fully fledged city EV with more cool than all of its rivals put together.
Yes, before you shake your head in disbelief, this tiny car packs a trio of Tesla batteries in its arsenal giving it 16kWh of juice, which is good for some 60-75 miles of range depending on driving style. Perfect for daily use in the vast urban sprawl. This setup takes a shade over seven hours to charge via a 1.5Kw charger, but there is an optional 2.5Kw charging system that completes the task in just over four hours.
The original 500 was powered by a tiny straight-twin engine (from 499cc to 594cc) producing around 14-17 horsepower and it was not very quick.
To remedy this issue the Engine is replaced with a brushless AC20 Electric Motor producing 47 horsepower and 70lb-ft of torque.
This may not sound like a lot, but in a car that weighs in at less than 500kg, it’s enough and its acceleration from 0-50 mph is incredible! To keep all this electrified pace in check, it has an uprated clutch assembly, front disc brake conversion, stronger driveshafts and uprated suspension.
The majority (almost all) of EVs are equipped with a single speed gearbox due to the massive torque outputs involved. With the Electric 500 though, things get really smart as it retains its original four-speed manual box which is mated to the electric motor with an uprated clutch. Around town though, you will likely never need to change gear as you can drive it using the second or third gear ratio's with ease thanks to the torque of the electric motor giving more than enough pulling power.
The only additions you will find in the cockpit are new controls for the electric heater in place of the original choke and starting levers between the seats plus the E-Xpert-pro Battery Monitor under the dashboard. It also now has electric windscreen washers fitted.
In the front of the car the petrol tank has obviously been removed, so there is some storage space now.
Certain cars get a reaction wherever you go. The Electric 500 is one of these cars as it just creates a 'cool' reaction wherever you happen to be driving it. When you stand it next to the current crop of city EVs, it just has them all beat on looks and charm.
Once inside you’re greeted with a classically retro two-spoke steering wheel and a dashboard with a speedo, a battery charge indicator and that’s pretty much it.
All of this simplicity leaves you to get on with the business of driving, which around town is enormous fun. The instant torque of the electric motor allows you to keep pace with modern machinery as you whir your way around the city in silence.
You can plug-in the charging lead to any 13amp socket and it will be fully charged after 7.5 hours in its standard form. With an optional 2.5 Kw charger fitted, this is reduced to 4.4 hours. Or you can use one of the many new Charging Points dotted around and just plug in the lead into the socket that is cleverly hidden behind the Fiat badge on the front of the car.
All of our cars will be restored examples in excellent condition. We currently have two Demonstrators with more cars in the pipeline, so come and test drive our little Baby Blue 1965 Fiat 500F Demonstrator and see how good these little Electric Fiat 500's really are!
Prices will start from £23,000 for a standard car with the AC 20 75v 47hp electric Motor and 3 Tesla Batteries.
Cars fitted with the more powerful AC 20 96v 65hp Motor and 4 Tesla Batteries will start @ £25,000 and RHD cars will add £1,000-£2,000 to the price depending on the year and model.
· BRUSHLESS AC 20 75V ELECTRIC MOTOR - 47HP & 70 FT LBS TORQUE
· BATTERIES – 3 X TESLA BATTERIES = 16 Kwh
· CHARGING TIME – 7.3 hrs WITH 1.5 Kw CHARGER
· RANGE – 60 to 75 MILES (DEPENDING ON DRIVING STYLE)
· ELECTRIC MOTOR MATED TO ORIGINAL 4 SPEED MANUAL GEARBOX
· UPRATED CLUTCH TO HANDLE ADDITIONAL POWER
· UPRATED DRIVE SHAFTS
· FRONT DISC BRAKE CONVERSION WITH UPRATED MASTER CYLINDER
· ELECTRIC HEATER & ELECTRIC WINDSCREEN WASHERS
· UPRATED REAR COIL SPRING SUSPENSION
* AC 20 96v 65HP MOTOR GIVING 20% MORE POWER
* ADDITIONAL TESLA BATTERY GIVING 22 Kw Total AND RANGE INCREASED TO 100+ MILES
* FASTER 2.5 Kw CHARGER ALLOWING FULL CHARGE IN 4.4 HOURS
* FIAT 126 RACK & PINION STEERING UPGRADE
* LHD TO RHD CONVERSIONS
* IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT
* CAR SECURITY - ALARM SYSTEMS, IMMOBILISERS & TRACKER'S
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