Fiat previews the Topolino as its next new electric vehicle
Fiat has announced the upcoming launch of a new EV touted to act as a "personal mobility solution" for all while also being as green as possible for all. It is all but overtly pitched at younger generations (and/or anyone in need of "joy, optimism, and fun"), backed to deliver "all the coolness" of the electric 500 in a whole new way.
That might be why Fiat has chosen to evince the Topolino, or 'first 500' of the 1930s, in the vehicle's naming and marketing. However, the return of the original's long mouse-like nose is nowhere in evidence here - in fact, it is pretty apparent from the new EV's squashed-in shape that it is in fact a rebrand of the Citroën Ami.
Accordingly, it is a quadricycle (or micro-car: a vehicle type with about the same legal status as a moped in some jurisdictions) and is indeed most likely best suited to short urban trips, as Fiat intimates: the Ami goes at around 45 kilometers per hour (km/h, or ~28 miles per hour) with 8 horsepower and 40Nm of torque for about 75km (~47 miles) per full charge, which takes about 2 hours.
Fiat has yet to confirm whether its upcoming Topolino will have similar specs or not - in the meantime, it is clear that the user can hope to keep it as nippy as possible by choosing a model that substitutes 2 nightclub-like ropes for doors. The OEM also has yet to reveal when its new way of "promoting electric mobility in cities" will launch.