Fiat has officially commenced taking orders for its latest electric quadricycle, the Topolino, in Italy. With a starting price of €7,544 ($8,065) for the closed-roof variant, the vehicle is already generating significant interest, amassing more than 10,000 pre-orders. This compact EV shares close ties with the Citroen Ami and Opel Rocks Electric models.
According to information provided on Fiat's Italian website, customers can expect an estimated delivery time of 19 weeks, with the first units scheduled to reach buyers in January 2024. What sets this offering apart is the automaker's commitment to providing transparency throughout the entire purchase process. Fiat has introduced online tracking, allowing owners to monitor the precise location of their quadricycle from the initial order to the moment it arrives at their doorstep.
Simplicity seems to be the order of the day for Fiat, as the Topolino is available in just one color, Vita Green, with a sole option for retro-style wheels and a single interior configuration. However, buyers can choose between a retractable canvas roof or a closed glass roof, and decide whether or not to include doors. Additionally, optional extras include the Rear Carriage, Dolcevita Box (a fabric band for storage), chrome-effect mirrors, as well as various accessories like seat covers that double as towels, a USB fan, a Bluetooth speaker, and a thermal water bottle.
The €7,544 ($8,065) starting price for the Fiat Topolino, including local government incentives, positions it as a slightly more expensive alternative to the Citroen Ami, which starts at €6,930 ($7,407) in the same market. Alternatively, buyers can opt for a down payment of €2,582 ($2,759) followed by 48 monthly installments of €39 ($42), equivalent to a typical monthly public transport pass in Italy.
Fiat has announced that both open and closed versions of the Topolino will be available for order in Italy, France, and Germany by the close of 2023.
Measuring at just 2.53 meters (99.6 inches) in length, the Fiat Topolino is equipped with a single 8 hp (6 kW / 8 PS) electric motor and a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. Its top speed is capped at 45 km/h (28 mph), and it boasts a driving range of up to 47 miles (75 km) on a full charge. Thanks to regulations governing the heavy quadricycle segment, teenagers as young as 14 years old can operate it without needing a driving license.