Fiat has marked 80 years since the opening of its famous Mirafiori factory by readying it for the future. New robots have been installed to help build an electric version of the 500 city car.
Due for introduction in 2020, the battery-electric Fiat 500 will keep 1,200 people in jobs once in production. The line will have an estimated 80,000 per-year production capacity. For context, there are around 70,000 electric cars on UK roads, in total, at present. We suspect the electric 500 won’t be built in those numbers just yet…
The total investment for the project, and production of the car, is just under £630million.
The updates are also with general production of EVs in mind, not just the Fiat 500. This is a provision for a range of battery-powered FCA products to come, with the cutesy 500 being the poster child.
“This car was entirely conceived, designed and engineered here,” said Pietro Gorlier, FCA COO for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.
“It is a genuine product of ‘Made at Fiat’ and ‘Made in Turin’ ingenuity. It is another excellent example of the ability to create and innovate, which abounds in our company and in this city. In Turin, we are developing a new electric mobility centre of excellence that currently employs 260 people.
“The new Fiat 500 electric represents just the first phase of our investment plan for Mirafiori.”
In Italy, FCA Group has plans to install over 900 charging stations at production sites and in parking areas. It will also add 1,200 charge points at Leasys Mobility stores and more than 1,100 at dealerships. The group is investing nearly £30 million on infrastructure.
Overall, it’s putting £4.5billion into refreshing a significant amount of product across the group, with 12 electrified versions of new or existing models on the way.