The real deal electric version of the Fiat 500 will hit the market in 2012, but for the early adopters that long to get behind the wheel of a battery-powered Cinquecento sooner than that, there's another option: EV Adapt's CARe 500. The Italian automaker granted EV Adapt permission to buy base model Fiat 500s, swap out the gasoline engines, install the electric drivetrain and sell the finished product as the CARe 500.
The converted 500 is available in Europe for a low starting price of €23,900 ($32,900 U.S. at the current exchange rate), but that raging deal does not include batteries, which can be leased for €150 ($205 U.S.) a month, or purchased with the vehicle, rocketing the total out-the-door price up to €36,900 ($50,800 U.S.).
Martin Richard Kristek, chief executive officer of mk-group Holding GmbH (distributors of the converted 500s), had this to say of the CARe's rather unique battery-less offer:
The advantage of purchasing the car without batteries is that, for 150 euros per month, you will always have fully functional batteries at your disposal, you don't have to actually purchase the most expensive part of an electric car and fuel is included at a flat rate.
[Source: mk-group Holding GmbH]
The CARe 500 Electric Car at an Unbeatable Price
HAMBURG, November 19, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- CARe 500, the electric car based on the much-loved, ultra-compact FIAT 500, is now available at an extraordinary price.
The ultra-modern electric car is available from 23,900 euros. This price does not include batteries, as these can be provided for the proud owner at a price of 150 euros per month, which includes a flat-rate fee for electricity. Alternatively, the CARe 500 is available with batteries from 36,900 euros. Various subsidies can also be subtracted from this price. The CARe 500 can be quickly delivered and is available immediately.
"The advantage of purchasing the car without batteries is that, for 150 euros per month, you will always have fully functional batteries at your disposal, you don't have to actually purchase the most expensive part of an electric car and fuel is included at a flat rate," says Martin Richard Kristek, CEO of mk-group Holding GmbH.
The CARe 500 is a technologically mature, series production vehicle with a fully electric drive, a range of 120 km and a maximum speed of 120 km/h. The CARe 500 recharges in 6 to 8 hours using a normal 230 V power socket. A service network comprising approximately 650 branches ensure the mobility of these electric cars.
This fantastic electric city car is distributed by mk-group Holding, also know through its care-mobility und care-energy brand names, and is manufactured by the Swedish company EVadapt.
mk-group Holding GmbH is an energy supply company based in Hamburg and is active throughout Europe. Its energy efficiency innovations have earned it a real name in the market.