Italian carmaker Fiat will say ‘arrivederci’ to petrol and diesel engines by 2030, bosses confirmed at the manufacturer this morning.
The brand will start phasing out all combustion engine models from its global range from 2025 – and by the end of the decade it will no longer sell passenger cars with a petrol or diesel engine under the hood.
‘Between 2025 and 2030, our product range will gradually become electric only. This will be a radical change for Fiat,” Fiat boss Olivier François said this morning as he outlined the brand’s sustainability vision.
This also includes a massive refurbishment of the former Turin factory, using the legendary pitched roof rails in the chase scene in The Italian job transformed into a garden for 28,000 plants.
Arrivederci petrol and diesel: Fiat will become an electric car brand in 2030, the manufacturer confirmed on Friday
The decision comes in the wake of the manufacturer that launched its first electric model on the market late last year – and it chose its most iconic car to kick-start the transition to battery power.
The all-new Fiat 500 is only sold as an electric vehicle, and the older version remains on sale for those who still want a dinky city car with a petrol engine under the hood.
The battery-powered 500 costs £20,495 in the UK, has a range of 199 miles and can be recharged to 80 percent battery capacity in just 35 minutes.
“The decision to launch the new 500 – electric and electric only – was actually taken before Covid-19,” François explained in a statement this morning.
Fiat CEO Olivier François stood next to the new 500 electric city car in a ‘Vertical Forest’ in Milan – a scene that will be replicated in the carmaker’s old factory in Turin
“Even then we knew that the world could no longer make compromises.
“We were reminded of the urgency to act, to do something for planet Earth.”
Fiat has added itself to a growing list of automakers committing to ditching combustion engines for good and selling only battery-powered electric vehicles by the end of this decade.
With mounting pressures to cut CO2 emissions and maintain demand as countries defer their decision to end sales of new petrol and diesel cars in the next decade, a flood of brands have set their plans for the coming decade. announced for nine years.
Several countries, including the UK, have already pledged to end sales of all but battery-electric and some hybrid cars by 2030 – with the latter being removed from UK showrooms by 2035.
Fiat says that while some other countries have set their own deadlines for further into the future, it will not supply new petrol and diesel models for those markets after 2030.
The battery-powered 500 costs £20,495 in the UK, has a range of 199 miles and can be recharged to 80 percent battery capacity in just 35 minutes
The brand will start phasing out all combustion engines from its global range from 2025 – and by the end of the decade it will no longer sell passenger cars with a petrol or diesel engine under the hood and will only sell plug-in models
“Nowadays, in this new scenario, it is” [Fiat 500] has a new mission – our mission – to create sustainable mobility for everyone,” said the boss of the Italian car brand.
“It is our duty to bring electric cars to the market as soon as possible that cost no more than cars with a combustion engine, in line with the falling costs of batteries.
‘We are exploring the field of sustainable mobility for everyone: this is our largest project.’
Another step in Fiat’s sustainability plan is the renovation of the iconic roof rail on the roof of the old factory in Turin – the scene of the epic chase in the original 1969 Italian Job film
The banked track was used in the cult film that made the Mini a highly desired model and a household name all over the world
Fiat added that one of the future goals to make electric vehicle ownership more feasible is to improve the availability of charging stations for communities that do not have regular access, such as those in condominiums and apartment complexes, and to increase the number of fast-charging stations. .
Another step in Fiat’s sustainability plan is the renovation of the iconic roof rail on the roof of the old factory in Turin – the scene of the epic chase in the original 1969 Italian Job film.
Fiat will convert the roof of the former Lingotto factory into the largest hanging gardens in Europe, with more than 28,000 plants.
‘A large, meaningful – and again sustainable – project to breathe new life into the city of Turin, our home’, says François.
Instead of a sloping track, the roof of the Lingotto factory is transformed into the largest hanging gardens in Europe
Instead of Minis hanging in the air, there will be about 28,000 hanging plants on top of the Turin factory
An image of the Lingotto factory in 2019 as Fiat celebrated the car’s 62nd anniversary
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