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Electric Fiat 500 hatchback open for orders

The new electric Fiat 500 is available as a hatchback as well as a convertible

FOLLOWING in the chic tyre tracks of the convertible model, Fiat has opened reservations for the hatchback version of its new electric 500.

The 'la Prima' launch edition is priced at £26,995 including the plug-in car grant and comes with a Wallbox that can be fitted at home to deliver up to 3kW of charging power.

This can be upgraded to 7.4kW, which can provide a full charge in just over six hours.

The electric 500 has a maximum charge rate of 85kW, which Fiat says can add a usable 30 miles of range in five minutes, or can top the battery up to 80 per cent in 35 minutes. Its 42kWh battery has a maximum range of 199 miles.

The electric motor's output is 87kW and provides a top speed of 93mph, with a 0-60mph time of nine seconds.

In launch 'la Prima' specification, the electric 500 comes with a panoramic glass sunroof, a more pronounced rear spoiler, three paint choices, full LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome-plated inserts and 'eco-leather' upholstery.

The electric 500 gets a new look compared with the petrol-powered versions because it sits on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' first bespoke electric car platform. It's 6cm longer and 6cm wider than before, and features a more rounded, curvy look.

There are three drive modes available: normal, range and Sherpa. Normal aims to give a driving experience similar to that of a petrol vehicle, while Range ramps up the amount of energy recouped by the car, meaning it decelerates quickly when the accelerator is lifted to provided 'one pedal driving'.

Sherpa mode, named after Himalayan Sherpas who take charge of an expedition, optimises the driving experience based on battery levels and the distance to the destination.

It also comes with adaptive cruise control and the new UConnect 5 infotainment system, which has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It is controlled through a 10.25inch touchscreen in the dashboard.

First customer deliveries are expected at the end of this year or the start of 2021.

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