The Italian government has announced that it intends to use subsidies to encourage the purchase of electric cars, but also to help owners of cars with the Euro 2 standard to replace them with electric ones. This program includes a financial plan of 930 million euros (13,750 euros per car), which is a record amount of subsidies in Europe. The decision is not yet official, so the current demand for EVs dropped, which forced some manufacturers like Stellantis to start laying off employees.
Stellantis announced that due to reduced demand for EVs, it was forced to lay off more than 2,000 workers at the Mirafiori plant. This is not the first time that Stellantis makes such a decision, as a similar situation occurred at the end of last year.
The union is concerned about the decision to lay off a large number of workers and has asked Stellantis management for a meeting as soon as possible. “The layoffs will apply from February 12 to March 3 and will affect 1,250 workers who make the electric Fiat 500 and another 1,000 workers who work on the production of Maserati cars,” a company spokesman said.
The current global financial situation is not good, so saving every euro is important. As a result, buyers are holding off on purchasing electric vehicles while waiting for the government to implement the announced incentives.
Last week VW announced that it will lay off 269 workers from the Zwickau factory, and three days ago it will stop the production of ID.3 and Cupra Born in Zwickau. Serious things seem to be happening in the European market as Fiat also announces the temporary halt of production of the all-electric 500e at the Mirafiori plant due to low demand, as well as the cessation of production of four Maserati models (Ghibli, Quattroporte, Levante and GranTurismo).
This year is bad for the Fiat 500e, when it comes to sales, because there was a drop in demand (1.7 percent) compared to the same period last year, so the decision was expected. It should be noted that the model with an internal combustion engine will continue to be produced in Poland.
A spokesperson for Stellantis said that all activities at the Mirafiori plant will be temporarily halted this week and that the plant will continue to operate, but will again have to stop car production between October 19 and November 3. About 2,400 workers are employed in this factory.
The Fiat 500e is powered by an electric motor with 118 hp (87 kW) and 162 lb-ft (220 Nm) of torque. It is equipped with a lithium-ion 42 kWh battery that provides a range of 199 miles (321 km/ WLTP). It reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9 seconds with a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).
At the beginning of July, Fiat premiered the new 600e, the latest zero-emission model, and now production has begun. Although with the old name (Seicento – 600), the new model has been transformed into a subcompact crossover inspired by the smaller Fiat 500e.
Fiat Seicento is built on the e-CMP2 platform like the Jeep Avenger, and they are powered by the same 156 hp (115 kW) electric motor, which is enough for the crossover to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9 seconds. that’s not the only thing these two cars share, there’s a 54 kWh battery, and Fiat promises the e600 will have a range of more than 400 kilometers (WLTP). If it is used only in the city, one charge should provide a range of 600 kilometers.
With a length of 4.17 meters, the new fully electric Fiat brings with it an airy and spacious passenger cabin for five people as well as a luggage space of 360 liters. Inside, the 7-inch digital instrument panel and 10.25-inch display stand out.
When it comes to the price, Fiat announced at the presentation that the Seicento will cost 35,950 euros, and in combination with the La Prima equipment package, 40,950 euros.