Fiat has announced from 1st July 2022 it will remove all non-electrified vehicles from sale in the UK,. The only options will be hybrid or electric.
FIAT kicked off its electrification plan 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. In 2021, more than 60% of Fiat’s line-up was electrified offering at least one low emission version of each model for UK customers.
Last year saw the biggest annual increase in electric vehicle registrations with an 88.3% increase in BEV (battery only), a 43% increase in HEV (hybrid petrol and battery), and an 18.5% increase in MHEV (YTD 2022)*.
Greg Taylor, Fiat and Abarth UK Managing Director, commented: “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. The move lends itself to our vehicles which are suited to urban areas, spearheaded by the popularity of the New 500.”
New Fiat 500 was the first fully-electric Fiat designed from the ground up, providing a variety of battery options (24kWh or 42kWH) and a driving range of up to 199 miles – the longest range of any electric city car on the market today.
The line up also includes 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 engine is a naturally aspirated three-cylinder that’s paired with a 12-volt belt-integrated starter generator and an 11Ah battery.
Fiat launched the new 500X and Tipo Hybrid in February 2022, completing the electrification of its line-up. The 500X Hybrid is available as a hatchback or cabrio. The Hybrid version of the 500X now introduces the new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.