The British NICE Car Company (they actually called their company “NICE”? well, that’s nice) is going to start selling yet another city electric vehicle. The reason behind the move is pretty obvious: since in the foreseeable future accumulators are not going to last for more than 200-250 kilometers on a single charge and electric cars will not be feasible for long range travel, it would be more efficient to downsize a car from the usual full-size sedan to something more compact (like a VW Polo or, perhaps, a Fiat 500) and limit its use to short, emissions-free trips around town.
Based on the highly popular 2008 Fiat 500 super-mini and built by the Italian EV specialist Micro-Vett, the EV will have a 70 mile (112.6 km) range and a top speed of 60mph (96km/h).
This is pretty much enough for your average daily commute, but will inevitably subject you to the range anxiety panic attacks if you don’t have a normal diesel-powered car in your garage handy.
The Fiat e500 is powered by Kokam’s 22kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, which normally takes about 6-8 hours to fully recharge.
The electric car from Micro-Vett is equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox, air conditioning, an MP3-capable CD player with Bluetooth connectivity, air bags, ABS and 15-inch alloy wheels.
Of course, just like any ICE-powered Fiat 500, the car may be ordered with the full range of upgrades, including reverse climate control, parking sensors, sunroof, 16-inch light alloy wheels and metallic body paint.
I couldn’t find any official info on the Fiat e500 pricing but guys from CAR Magazine say that it will start at ridiculous £30,000. Okay, probably not this time.
Photos: Fiat / NICE