FIAT has announced the removal of all non-electrified vehicles from sale in the United Kingdom (U.K.). This will take effect on July 1st, 2022, with the whole FIAT lineup coming in electrified forms, from Hybrid to All-Electric.
In 2021, more than 60% of FIAT’s lineup was electrified offering at least one low emission version of each model for those customers in the U.K. This year, the Italian manufacturer will go a step further by transforming 100% of its lineup to electrified starting in July.
The brand’s European electrification Journey began with the introduction of the 500 Hybrid and Panda Hybrid. It then continued with the unveiling of the all-electric 500e, followed most recently by the introduction of the 500X and Tipo Hybrids. FIAT now offers at least one low-emission version for each model and takes a further step along the path of energy transition and sustainable mobility at the company says.
Last year saw the biggest annual increase in electric vehicle registration in the U.K. with an 88.3% increase in battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), a 43% increase in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs), and an 18.5% increase in Mild-Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEVs). With 30 international awards to date, the all-electric 500e is the best-selling electric city car in 11 countries and the second best-selling electric car in any segment in Europe, only behind Tesla. In Italy and France, the 500e is the best-selling electric vehicle ever, while it ranks second in Germany, the largest electric car market in Europe.
“This step in FIAT’s history marks a pivotal point in our commitment to providing affordable and sustainable mobility solutions for all of our customers,” said Greg Taylor, FIAT and Abarth U.K. Managing Director. “The move lends itself to our vehicles which are suited to urban areas, spearheaded by the popularity of the 500e.”
The 500e is the first full-electric FIAT designed from the ground up. The car provides a ton of best-in-class features such as Level 2 Autonomous Driving tech, a variety of battery options (24 kWh or 42 kWh), and a driving range of up to 199 miles (WLTP) – the longest range of any electric city car on the market today.
The lineup also includes Hybrid versions of the second-generation 500 and Panda. Both see their basic 1.2-liter engines replaced by an all-new electrified 1.0-liter unit. The engine is a naturally aspirated three-cylinder that is paired with a 12-volt belt-integrated starter generator (BSG) and an 11Ah battery.
Earlier this year, FIAT announced the arrival of the new 500X and Tipo Hybrid, completing the electrification of its lineup.
The 500X Hybrid is the ideal addition to the lineup of a model that, since its launch in 2014, has recently exceeded 750,000 registrations: a global success, given that the 500X is sold in all major markets around the world. Available as a hardtop or open-air crossover, the 500X Hybrid offers the option of a (RED) edition. The 500X Hybrid also introduces the new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, the Tipo Hybrid fits into the lineup of a model that has sold over 1,000,000 units since its launch, making it the epitome of the “family mover”. It comes standard with Heated Front Seats, Keyless Entry N’ Go, and Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM).