The Fiat 500 has been a popular vehicle to convert to electric drive – so much so that even the recently deceased Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had one (see also here and here) – but an official 500 EV has been nothing but auto show reveals and secret tests and that's about it for the past few years. Chrysler displayed a battery-powered 500 at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show but work has continued a bit behinds the scenes since then.
Libyan leader (ex-leader?) Muammar Qaddafi apparently had some unusual items in his personal collection. Rebel forces stormed his compound this week, and we now know he had a scrapbook dedicated to former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, lots of weapons and, oddly, a doorless, all-electric Fiat 500 (similar to the model shown above).
Brazilian electric utility Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais (Cemig) is teaming up with Fiat to build a test fleet of battery-powered Fiat Palios. They will be building thirty of the cars powered by batteries from Swiss manufacturer KWO to start with at a price of $36,000. If the project works out a battery plant could be opened in Brazil near Fiat's plant in Minas Gerais state. In a country that has been an ethanol proponent for as long as Brazil it will be interesting to see how this projec
The Fiat Panda 1.3 was named to the top ten list of the United Kingdom's Environmental Transport Association annual awards of Britain's greenest cars back in March. If the information collected by the forum-users at the G-Wiz Owner's Club is correct, this diminutive car might soon be even cleaner, thanks to conversions by Swiss MES-DEA using Zebra batteries and possibly offered for around 25,000 EUR / £17,000. One anecdotal, second-hand review says the Panda EV is impressive, but very hot