Fiat is celebrating the birthday of the mythological model with a new electric version

Exactly 64 years after it went on the air, on July 4, the mythical Fiat 500 was born a full electric version – the Fiat 500e. Probably none of the planners, oil-soaked and smelling of gasoline, dreamed in 1957 that his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, instead of the gas station, would look for the nearest outlet. Only we will immediately note in a shining star, that while the world is filling up with vehicles at a clearly irrational rate, if even then it will be small and not polluting, just like that.

I have always loved the look of the Fiat 500. From the day she was born she had something bastard, naughty, fashionable befitting its original roots from Turin in northern Italy. There are small vehicles whose whole function is to drive and hide instead of parking for mice only. This, wherever you put it, will twinkle like a lighthouse. So it’s true that Fiat has long needed some backlash to get back to the center of things, like in its good old days, so the electric version in front of us may well be such.

First of all because there is a line here. The opening version of the above electric vehicle costs NIS 100,000, definitely a market-breaking price, but we will immediately add that there is a small catch for the technical data testers. This is a basic version with a modest battery with a capacity of 23.7 kWh, 95 hp capacity , According to the dry figure, pass 190 km / h, in practice probably a little less. This means that if you traveled from Tel Aviv to Haifa and asked to return, you better find out where a charging station is located. It is a vehicle for short, focused missions and less for the well-traveled.

Therefore, despite the low price, in my opinion the bestseller of the electric Italian will be in versions that have a battery with a capacity of 42 kWh, power of 118 hp and a driving range that according to the manufacturer reaches up to 320 kilometers, one that can already suit even those whose day does not concentrate on mileage ‘Near the house. Prices for these versions start at NIS 120,000, even a price that should not frighten searchers.

In these versions you can find, among other things, the “icon” that will be different in the landscape because of an exceptional rear side door that allows easy and convenient entry to the vehicle, probably for the rear row occupants. Back? Although the dimensions of the Fiat 500 have increased slightly, if you push someone back and ask to travel to Jerusalem, please stop at Mevaseret Zion at a chiropractor who will rearrange the poor thing. Definitely not recommended.

The 500 is a classic car for young men with a young spirit, and 185 liters of luggage should keep any typical Israeli family away. I took for the test day the version of Hela Prima, the most expensive on offer. 155 thousand price, but there is no chance that you will cross the main road and not catch the eyes of passers-by, despite the miniature size.

This is a cabriolet version, a canvas roof that opens, 17-inch rims. It has all the desired impression here, but in my opinion the less fancy versions are more comfortable, certainly for those who buy an electric car for the sake of peace and quiet as well. A roof made of fabric is not impervious to environmental noises.

Fiat 500 (Photo: PR)

But there is nothing to say, the roof raises the score in the visibility wing, which is already high, and we have not yet told about the interior-laden parts of the style. Front panel with knitted finish, steering wheel with vegan leather coating (made of synthetic materials), two-tone, large and clear 10.25-inch multimedia screen. We clearly marked the mirror.
Now just need to check how this dwarf is traveling. Anyone familiar with the previous generation Fiat 500 probably could not have ignored the robotic gearbox, the same maneuverable and sometimes cumbersome gearbox that some drivers had a hard time with. I knew someone who bought because of the visibility and rushed to sell because of the nuisance.

In the electric version they got rid of at least this trouble. Acceleration, as in electric vehicles, is linear, logically constructed and certainly comfortable. With 9 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h, this little one seems energetic and dynamic. You can definitely say fun.

To play with the driving range there are three options in the driving mode selector. Normal mode, Range mode that actually uses regenerative braking that recovers energy and helps charge the battery during the trip, and there is also an extreme economical mode – “burning”, which to save electricity limits the speed to 80 km / h and turns off the air conditioning. It is not worth trying this month In the vicinity of the Dead Sea, in fact, intended for extremists only.

Let’s say that in normal driving you may not reach a range of 320 kilometers, but you can certainly reach around 270 kilometers, plus or minus. I went on the same day of spending time together to the settlements of the Gaza Envelope and returned when I had another spare to visit a family in Raanana.

Indeed, this vehicle has gained weight because of the electric mechanism and now weighs 1,405 pounds. Put this load on a 363 cm length, a mini-classic car, and you will find a chunky vehicle. It may not affect the vigor, but it does have an effect on ride comfort.

Fiat 500 (Photo: PR)Fiat 500 (Photo: PR)

This is a significant figure, since the big advantage of the Fiat 500 is in urban driving and its ability to penetrate places that the average crossover refuses to enter. With the insertion there is no problem, the difficulty is expressed in the passage over hazards that can be felt penetrating and shaking the forearms.
In contrast, a large and significant advantage that this vehicle offers is in its safety. The super-version, which we drove, has a high 7 rating and includes, among other things, six airbags, adaptive cruise control and autonomous braking in an emergency. The other versions receive a score of safety equipment6.

The Fiat 500 electric certainly caught the eye, despite the large supply on the market today. It’s not for nothing that the Italian manufacturer puts the most chips and bets on it as the next hit. It’s probably the look, but it’s also the price and certainly the capabilities it offers.

Know what, even the opening version, the one that offers a modest driving range of 190 kilometers, is worth a second thought. After all, I know quite a few people who are proud that for them crossing the Yarkon River is like traveling abroad. So for all those who do not move within the boundaries of the local council, get a car tailored to your measurements.

Spare wheels

And there is also an electric van: China Motors Group has launched the E-Deliver 9, a commercial vehicle of the Chinese brand Maxus (pictured below). The vehicle is 594 cm long, 276 cm high, weighs 4,050 kilograms, has a trunk volume of 11,000 liters, and has a load capacity of 1,335 kilograms. The maximum driving range is 406 kilometers (WLTP data). The price of the new immigrant will be NIS 269,000. Maxus is a subsidiary of Saik, the Chinese giant manufacturer, and it now has a new showroom in Petah Tikva.

More electrical news from China. Geometric C, the Chinese manufacturer’s electric crossover, has completed the European standard approval and is expected to advance the original design and instead of arriving in Israel in early 2022, will arrive as early as the end of this year. The Geometric C is a 443 cm long crossover, its wheelbase 270 cm, and it holds an advanced electric motor with a power of 204 hp.

Maxus (Photo: PR)Maxus (Photo: PR)

And from Asia to Europe, or rather to Russellheim in Germany, where Opel has unveiled the sixth-generation Astra, which went on the air 30 years ago. The old vehicle will receive a new design and growth in dimensions. The trunk, for example, will feature an impressive depth of 422 liters. Astra will arrive for the first time in a rechargeable plug-in version and will also be offered with petrol and diesel engines. According to the importer, the Lubinski Group, Astra is expected to reach us during the first quarter of 2022.

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