NICE/Fiat MicroVett e500

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NICE/Fiat Micro-Vett e500

If you’re going to base a new vehicle on an established design, it may as well be one of the best-sellign cars of recent times. The Fiat 500 has been a phenomenal success and so it is no surprise that its design has been modified with the most advanced electric drive system to produce the NICE/Fiat Micro-Vett e500.

History of the NICE/Fiat Micro-Vett e500

A new Fiat 500 was first announced by the Italian manufacturer in May 2006, before the car was officially launched in July, 2007. The vehicle is produced in Tychy, Poland, with the car appearing almost identical to the concept version originally presented in 2004 known as the Trepiuno – a strictly four-seat, three-door hatchback aimed at city drivers with fashionable good looks.

The success of the model was phenomenal. Within three weeks of the 500’s launch, the entire year’s production of 58,000 vehicles had sold out. To cope with demand Fiat increased production to 200,000 in 2008 and also launched the car in the UK in January of the same year.

What followed was collaboration between Fiat and electric car manufacturer the NICE Car Company. Due to the growing demand for electric vehicles in the UK thanks to the London Congestion Charge and increased fuel prices, it was felt that a city car with the design of the Fiat 500 would be ideal to market as an electric. That is why the NICE/Fiat Micro-Vett e500 was launched at the British International Motor Show in 2008 with an advanced electric-drive system and though it is only available in limited numbers it was made immediately available to order.

Environmental credentials of the NICE/Fiat Micro-Vett e500

There are two main selling points to any electric car and the NICE/Fiat Micro-Vett e500 is no exception: there are zero emissions and therefore no reason to use a petrol forecourt again.

There are no air quality pollutants at all such as nitrogen oxides or soot. The carbon neutrality of electric cars has been questioned due to the fact that much electricity comes from non-renewable sources. However, electricity produced at the mains socket is increasingly sourced from renewables with the Government setting a 15 per cent target and even at current energy mix levels, the emissions of an electric car such as the NICE/Fiat Micro-Vett e500 are significantly lower than that of a conventional car.

In addition, there are many financial incentives to take ownership of this stylish model. It is exempt from the London Congestion Charge and is also free of vehicle excise duty. It is eligible for parking concessions in many boroughs and with an increased number of electric car recharging points emerging it is becoming more practical.

The vehicle benefits further by the inclusion of lithium-ion batteries which means higher speeds and a longer range are achievable by comparison to other electric cars.

NICE/Fiat Micro-Vett e500 statistics

Here are some crucial statistics about the NICE/Fiat Micro-Vett e500:

Charge time: TBC.

CO2 emissions: None.

Engine: Advanced lithium-ion polymer battery.

Range: 75 miles.

Top speed: 60mph.

Future of the NICE/Fiat Micro-Vett e500

The NICE/Fiat Micro-Vett e500 is a brand new model available to order in limited numbers. It seems that for now, that there production may be completely taken up. We’ll keep you informed of any breaking news relating to this car at .

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