Italian car maker Fiat will say ‘arrivederci’ to petrol and diesel engines by 2030, bosses at the manufacturer confirmed this morning.
The brand will begin to phase out all combustion-engined models from its global line up from 2025 – and by the end of the decade will no longer sell passenger cars with a petrol or diesel units under the bonnet.
‘Between 2025 and 2030, our product line-up will gradually become electric only. This will be a radical change for Fiat,’ explained Fiat boss Olivier François said this morning as he outlined the brand’s sustainability vision.
This also includes a huge renovation of its former factory in Turin, which will see its legendary banked roof track used in the chase scene in The Italian Job turned into a garden for 28,000 plants.
Arrivederci petrol and diesel: Fiat to become an electric car brand by 2030, the manufacturer has confirmed on Friday
The decision comes in the wake of the manufacturer launching its first electric model to market at the end of last year – and it chose its most iconic car to kick-start a transition to battery power.
The all-new Fiat 500 is only being sold as an electric vehicle, with the older version remaining on sale for those who still want a dinky city car that has a petrol engine under the bonnet.
The battery-powered 500 is priced from £20,495 in the UK, has a range of 199 miles and can be charged to 80 per cent battery capacity in as little as 35 minutes.
‘The decision to launch the new 500 – electric and electric alone – was actually taken before Covid-19,’ explained François in a statement this morning.
Olivier François, Fiat CEO, stood alongside the new electric-only 500 city car at a ‘Vertical Forest’ in Milan – a scene that will be replicated at the car maker’s old Turin factory
‘Even then, we were already aware that the world could not take any more compromises.
‘We were reminded of the urgency of taking action, of doing something for the planet Earth.’
Fiat has added itself to a growing list of car makers committing to ditching internal combustion engines for good and selling only battery electric vehicles by the end of this decade.
Increasing pressure to cut carbon outputs and to retain demand when nations standby their decisions to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the next decade has seen a flood of brands announce their shifting plans for the next nine years.
Several countries, including the UK, have already committed to ending the sale of all but battery electric and some hybrid cars by 2030 – with the latter being removed from showrooms by 2035 in Britain.
Fiat says that while some other nations have set their own deadlines for further into the future, it will not provide new petrol and diesel models for those markets beyond 2030.
The battery-powered 500 is priced from £20,495 in the UK, has a range of 199 miles and can be charged to 80 per cent battery capacity in as little as 35 minutes
The brand will begin to phase out all combustion-engined motors from its global line up from 2025 – and by the end of the decade will no longer sell passenger cars with a petrol or diesel engine under the bonnet, exclusively selling plug-in models
‘Nowadays, in this new scenario, it [Fiat 500] has a new mission – our mission – to create sustainable mobility for all,’ the boss of the Italian car brand said.
‘It is our duty to bring to market electric cars that cost no more than those with an internal combustion engine, as soon as we can, in line with the falling costs of batteries.
‘We are exploring the territory of sustainable mobility for all: this is our greatest project.’
Another step in Fiat’s sustainability plan is the renovation of its iconic roof track at the top of its old Turin factory – the scene of the epic car chase in the original Italian Job film from 1969
The banked track was used in the cult film that made the Mini an ultra-desirable model and household name around the world
Fiat added that among its upcoming objectives to make EV ownership more attainable is to improve the availability of charging stations for communities who do not have regular access, such as those living in flats and blocks of apartments, as well as increase the number of fast-charging points.
Another step in Fiat’s sustainability plan is the renovation of its iconic roof track at the top of its old Turin factory – the scene of the epic car chase in the original Italian Job film from 1969.
Fiat will convert the roof of the former Lingotto factory into the largest hanging gardens in Europe, hosting over 28,000 plants.
‘A major, meaningful – and once again sustainable – project, due to revitalise the city of Turin, our home,’ said François.
Instead of a banked track, the roof of the Lingotto factory will be turned into the largest hanging gardens in Europe
Instead of Minis hanging in midair there will be around 28,000 hanging plants on the top of the Turin factory
An image of the Lingotto factory in 2019 as Fiat celebrated the car’s 62nd birthday
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