The Fiat Atomik 500
Fiat and Chrysler have announced that they will be working together to develop a 100% electric Fiat 500, similar in many ways to the Atomik 500. This will be the first vehicle that these two motoring giants work together since their alliance last year and we expect to see the Fiat e500 for sale stateside in early 2012.
The Fiat Atomik 500 is a good example of what manufacturers could be building and selling by the shipload (if they had the requisite cojones). The above pictured Fiat 500 is highly modified from it’s original form featuring 3 electric motors (2 for the front wheels and 1 for the rear axle) pumping out the equivalent of 300bhp, this coupled with the low-slung lithium-ion-phosphate battery system installed along the underside of the car and the slightly widened wheelbase with what appear to be XXL go kart tires and this little white marshmallow of electron spewing fun will get you from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and dash a quarter mile in 14 seconds. Not bad for a snub nosed Italian.
The Atomik 500 will be featured at the Top Marques exotic car show in Monaco, no word yet on a production run, rolling a few of these off the production line would be great for Fiat’s PR though and would certainly be another nail in the coffin of the electric-car = slow-boring myth.
The Fiat Atomik 500 Specifications
0-60 = 5.6 Seconds
Quarter Mile = 14 Seconds
Power Equivalent = 300 bhp
Weight = Unannounced
Battery System = Lithium-ion-Phosphate
4 Wheel Drive
Range = Unannounced