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Stellantis Revisits Plan for EV-Only Fiat 500

A hybrid Fiat 500 is available elsewhere in the world


Stellantis has announced plans to reverse its decision to produce only all-electric Fiat 500 cars going forward. A mild hybrid version of its Fiat 500 will be assembled at the Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy, starting in the first quarter of 2026. This decision isn’t much of a surprise considering the noticeable slowdown in electric vehicle (EV) sales globally.

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During a meeting in Turin, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares discussed the new production plans with union representatives. Currently, the plant manufactures the fully electric 500e model. However, reduced sales have led to a significant slowdown in production and extended furlough periods for workers.

In a statement, Stellantis emphasized the need to provide affordable, high-quality cars for Italian customers. Automotive News Europe reported that Stellantis aims to produce a total of 200,000 units of the 500 model annually, including 125,000 hybrid versions. This is a significant increase from the fewer than 80,000 electric models produced last year.

Stellantis, Italy’s only major automaker, and the Italian government are discussing a plan to restore the group’s production in the country to one million vehicles by the end of the decade, up from approximately 750,000 last year. The automaker noted that achieving this goal would require a supportive business environment, considering the uncertainties of electrification and strong market competition.

FIM-Cisl union leader Ferdinando Uliano confirmed that hybrid Fiat 500 production is scheduled to start in early 2026, though specific output figures were not provided. From January to April this year, Fiat sold 12,288 units of the 500e in the EU, UK, and EFTA markets, compared to 17,363 units in the same period last year. Sales of the combustion-engine 500 dropped from 40,750 to 32,504 units.

In addition to the Fiat 500e hybrid, Stellantis will also produce a hybrid version of the Jeep Compass SUV at the Melfi plant in southern Italy. According to sources, the hybrid Compass will be the third powertrain option for the next-generation model, which will also include full electric and plug-in hybrid variants launching in 2026. The new Compass will utilize Stellantis’ STLA Medium platform, which will also be used for four other compact electric models.

There’s no word as of yet is both these hybrid models will be sold in North America however we believe they have a good chance of landing on our shores in the next few years.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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