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NewsFiat Looking at Adding Gas Engine to New 500e: Report

Fiat Looking at Adding Gas Engine to New 500e: Report

Fiat 500e may spawn a mild hybrid

  • Fiat said to need placeholder gas version

  • Would keep dealers and unions happy


The all-new Fiat 500e could end up as a 500g. New reports say that the automaker could end up putting a gas engine in the model after all, as it works to maintain production levels and keep authorities in the country happy.

Automotive News Europe reported on the possibility of a mild hybrid model of the new 500, as Fiat faces multiple issues with the 500 line. Fiat’s existing ICE 500 still sells more than 100,000 copies per year, while sales of the 500e, which has been on the market for a couple of years in Europe, are falling. Sales are now down to 62,000 from a peak of 77,000, according to the report.

While 500e sales fall, the gas 500 is close to reaching the end of the line as a result of new EU safety and cybersecurity rules that come into play this year. Italian unions are said to be concerned about more cuts as the Mirafiori 500e plant has already cut to a single shift.

To solve 500 sales, the company is reportedly asking suppliers for quotations to boost production at its Mirafiori 500e factory to 175,000 per year, but with the stipulation that 100,000 of those would be gas models. A gas-powered 500e, which would not be badged 500e, would likely be powered by a 1.0L 70 hp mild hybrid engine used in the Fiat Panda.

ANE says its sources indicate production of such a car could start no earlier than late 2025 or 2026. Converting an electric car to gas is not common, though conversions the other way around are much more mainstream. The Fiat 500e is based on the Alfa Romeo MiTo, a gas model built at the same factory, so a conversion is not out of the question.

According to the report, Stellantis confirmed that the letter to suppliers for quotations had been sent. But the company declined further comment.

 

 

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