It looks like the all-electric version of the Fiat 500 will make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. No word on whether Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne will bring the house down with his "we don't really want to build this car" routine.

The LA Auto Show has confirmed that the 500E will be one of the models revealed at the convention, but organizers didn't disclose further details about price, performance or potential on-sale date (best to leave that to Fiat anyhow, right?). Green Car Reports estimates that the car will be available only in limited numbers and that it will have an electric motor delivering about 100 horsepower.

Marchionne said in February that it would start making an all-electric 500 by the end of 2012, and the Italian automaker has been talking about the car since Chrysler unveiled a 500 BEV concept at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, but has been pretty mum on the subject ever since.


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      Cool people
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is Fiat just ******* up U S govt go green $$$ or what? The market is not buyin' these t urds
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cool people
        I can't quite parse what you're saying there, but this is a token effort "California is making us make it" car like the electric Honda Fit.
        brotherkenny4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cool people
        brrrain function... blurp ---- propoganda sllllarf bloog ... Rush Limbaugh says... socialist plot flurp.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saw two test mules of the 500 EV driving around San Francisco a few weeks ago. Pics at picasaweb.google.com/amfarthing.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      100 hp in this small car could be something.
        Gordon Chen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        that's only 1 hp less than the gas variant! And I'm sure an electric motor will also beat the 98 lb/ft torque the gasoline one has.
      Levine Levine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fiat, a car company from the socialist nation Italy, has never fared well in USA. After nearly four decades in the USA auto market, the Japanese auto makers like Toyota, Datsun, and Honda, the new kids-on-th- block, proved to be the coup de grace to the struggling Fiat. Even the lowly American auto makers toke turn kicking Fiat out of the USA in the mid-70s. But for Italy's tariff laws that protected Fiat's domestic market, Fiat would have been dead long ago, a victim of VW, Mercedes, BMW, etc. Socialist governed Fiat will never succeed in USA. Fiat is DOA.
      rü$╫
      • 2 Years Ago
      Range anxitiy means a lot to me. Price means more.
      Andrew Richard Rose
      • 2 Years Ago
      I drove one built by Micro-Vett of Bologna three years ago at a car show at Monaco , so its actually been around for some time ! Its really that Fiat just don't want to sell it !
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      No Alfa Romeos at the LA Auto Show = Fail.
      Motorcafè Due
      • 2 Years Ago
      Italy stop to be a socialist country that defense Fiat monopoly long time ago. during the Berlusconi's government no one time fiat got founds and there are no more limitations of the import of japanese care like until 1980 and a little more. for that Fiat was very close to fail... Marchionne got from ther Elkann Agnelli family the task to administrate the company in very worse conditions but with some wise strategy and sinergy and last but not least with a consistant deal of tecnology to GM o(multijet and multiair engines) Fiat survive and grow a lot until the chance to buy a consistant quote of Chrisler... what is the problem now? about electric technology Chrisler was an EMPTY BOX... nothing of nothing was inside. the dodge prototype was fruit of technology buyed by Daimler from tesla... a tecnology too expansive for made a mass production . for that reason CHRISLER never got one cent from DOE and so FIAT that now is in chrisis and have also no money for that , have absolutely no intention to invest one cent in electric vehicles. Marchionne and Montezemolo dont believe in electric. and that is a big mistake because italy dont miss techology in this field, just miss wise investors.
      lostjr123
      • 2 Years Ago
      These things have been running around San Francisco for weeks. I've seen them on Jones St headed up Russian hill several times.
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lostjr123
        ... then rolling backwards down the hill, to charge.
      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Years Ago
      This would be a huge seller if priced under 30.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who wants a car that the car company constantly complains about being forced to make? I'm sure they are really putting their heart into that one.
        Giza Plateau
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Yeah it seems to be a general problem. Movement towards better cars but the car makers fight it.
          Tysto
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          The same thing happened with safety, tho. Car makers fought safety feature legislation tooth and nail until one day deciding that they could market safety as a feature and BAM practically every car had ABS and 14 air bags. I think we'll see the same with EVs. There will be a tipping point where the cost and charging times come down and suddenly car makers will decide they always hated gasoline.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ah at long last the world first decent electric car, something with a bit of personality, character & charisma. Not your typical anodyne appliance toaster microwave oven. Electric cars sales will double in Europe, electric cars have become interesting all of a sudden, might give Europeans a reason to go out spend some of that hard earned cash sitting on the sidelines doing nothing, help lift the whole European economy out of the doldrums lift the world around it with it. This just won't do, rock'n the design boat of uninteresting anodyne European car design breaking rules of dull gloom and doom can't be bothered styling thats losing billions of $$$ for every car maker in the EU, folk might give up cycling and start wanting cars again. About time we got a decent electric car, well done Fiat.
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