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What? Fiat will convert electric 500e to gasoline version?

June 7, 2024

Fiat 500

Fiat currently sells two variants of the 500: the electric 500e and the 500, a hybrid gasoline model. Other than the number in their model name, they have little else in common. The interior and exterior are different, and under the skin they also share few components. In a recent video, CEO Olivier François outlined plans for a new variant. The Italians plan to deliver the electric Fiat 500e also with a hybrid powertrain.


The Fiat 500 Ibrida, “ibrida” is Italian for hybrid, will use the electrified 1.0-liter Firefly engine, known from the current Fiat 500 hybrid and the recently renamed Fiat Panda “Pandina. The reason why is simple: the Fiat 500e is a lot more modern than the current gasoline-powered 500. By adding a gasoline engine to the model, the brand can easily offer a new gasoline-powered 500. François indicated that production of the 500 Ibrida is expected to begin in late 2025 or early 2026.

Italian tricolor

Production of the 500 Ibrida will take place at the Fiat plant in Mirafiori, Italy. During the video, François repeatedly refers to “the Italian tricolor” and how it will be proudly incorporated into the 500 Ibrida’s logo. An obvious reference to the acrimony the brand recently had with the Italian government. The brand had to remove the tricolor from the Fiat 600e because it is not built in Italy. Those who are proficient in Italian can watch the CEO’s entire talk in the video below. Or just turn on the subtitles.