Fiat will remove all non-electrified vehicles from sale in the UK from July 1st, the Italian auto giant has said, adding the entire Fiat range was now coming in electrified forms, from hybrids to fully-electric.
Last year, more than 60% of Fiat’s line-up was electrified, offering at least one low emission version of each model for UK customers. The company confirmed 100% of its product range would be electrified from July 2022.
Commenting on the development, Greg Taylor, Fiat and Abarth UK Managing Director, said it was a pivotal point in the company’s history demonstrating its commitment to providing sustainable mobility solutions.
The announcement comes at a time when EV sales are picking up. So far this year has seen a huge annual increase in EV registrations with an 88.3 per cent increase in BEV, a 43 per cent increase in HEV, and an 18.5 increase in MHEV (YTD 2022).
The Italian automaker started vehicle electrification with the 500 Hybrid and Panda Hybrid, and continued with the fully-electric New 500, followed most recently by the new 500X and Tipo Hybrid, it said.
New Fiat 500 is the first fully-electric Fiat designed from the ground up, the company said. It comes with Level 2 Autonomous Driving technologies, batteries of 24kWh or 42kWh capacity, and a driving range of up to 199 miles (WLTP).
Among other products are hybrid versions of the second-generation 500 and the Panda. Both see their basic 1.2-litre engines replaced by an all-new electrified 1.0-litre unit, the company said. The engine is a naturally aspirated three-cylinder that’s paired with a 12-volt belt-integrated starter generator and an 11Ah battery.
Fiat announced the new 500X and Tipo Hybrid earlier this year, completing the electrification of its line-up. Available as a hatchback or cabrio, the 500X Hybrid offers the option of a (RED) edition, and the new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It got a facelift with the launch of the 2022 model.
Tipo Hybrid comes with standard heated front seats, keyless entry and go, and blind spot assist as standard.