With the upcoming launch of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2011 Nissan Leaf, auto manufactures are scrambling to get into the electric car market. Makers like Tesla have been here for awhile now, but with a price point of over 100k and seating capacity for only two adults, the market for this little coupe is quite small. The key to building a good electric car is to combine decent range, a reasonable charge time, comfortable seating for 4 and a decent price. In short, car companies need to produce electric cars that are actually useful and not simply novelty items that make people feel like their saving the environment.
By 2012 the Chrysler Group will be entering the market with an electric version of the Fiat 500 known as the Fiat 500EV. Like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, the Fiat 500EV will use lithium-ion battery packs. These packs will be supplied by SB LiMotive, and developed at their North American Development Center located in Orion Township, Michigan with final assembly taking place in Springboro, Ohio. As of yet there are no specs on the 2012 Fiat 500EV, but rest assured, as soon as we get them we’ll let you know.