Fiat launches its new electric hatchback

The New Fiat 500 ‘la Prima’ hatchback makes its debut today following the successful unveiling of the New 500 ‘la Prima’ convertible in March. 
Fiat launches its new electric hatchback
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The New 500 ‘la Prima’ has been designed to deal with the increasing complexity of driving in a modern city. It also features a panoramic glass sunroof to flood the passenger compartment with light. The lithium-ion batteries, with a capacity of 42kWh, give the New 500 a range of up to 199 miles in the WLTP cycle and the vehicle is also equipped with an 85kW fast charge system to optimise charging time. It takes only five minutes to build up a sufficient energy reserve to travel 30 miles, more than the average daily commute. Using a fast charger can also power the battery to 80% in just 35 minutes. The Combo 2 socket, located on the rear right side panel of the car, has the ability to accept both AC and DC charging.

Home charging solutions are also available. The launch edition of the New 500 comes complete with an easyWallbox, a home charging system that can simply be connected to a normal home outlet. ENGIE EPS developed this solution exclusively for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). This simple, accessible ‘plug-and-charge’ solution can be managed easily via Bluetooth. It can stabilise energy load by charging a 500 at home with up to 3kW of charging power, without the need for professional installation.

The easyWallbox can be upgraded to 7.4kW, providing a full charge at home in just over six hours. The New 500 also comes with a Mode 3 cable for charging at up to 11kW from a public charge point.

The New 500 is the first car in its segment to offer level 2 autonomous driving, bringing all the associated benefits to urban mobility. This includes front-facing camera monitoring technology to monitor all areas of the car, both longitudinally and laterally and an Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (iACC) system that enables the vehicle to brake or accelerate in response to cars, cyclists and pedestrians.

Lane Centring keeps the vehicle in the centre of the lane when the markings are correctly identified and Intelligent Speed Assist reads the speed limits and recommends applying them. Urban Blind Spot uses ultrasonic sensors to monitor the blind spots and warn of any obstacles with a triangular warning light on the wing mirror. Attention Assist provides warnings on the display, recommending that you stop and take a break when you are tired. 360-degree sensors provide a drone-like view to avoid any obstacles when parking or performing complex manoeuvres.

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