Italian automaker Fiat has unveiled five special edition Topolino electric vehicles (EVs) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Disney. The Topolino, the Italian nickname for Mickey Mouse, was originally given to the 1936 Fiat 500 due to its resemblance to the iconic character.
Crafted by Fiat Centro Stile designers, four of the EVs feature distinct liveries, while the fifth, designed by Disney artist Giorgio Cavazzano, pays homage to Mickey Mouse himself. The Historical version draws inspiration from Disney's inaugural short film, “Steamboat Willie,” while the Modern version focuses on Mickey Mouse's initials. The Street version incorporates graffiti-style designs as a tribute to the iconic Disney character, and the Abstract version showcases vibrant and abstract graphics.
The one-of-a-kind Fiat Topolino EVs were revealed at Casa 500, with a photoshoot held on the rooftop track of the Lingotto factory. These unique EVs will be on display at the North ramp of the building, allowing visitors to the shopping center to view them up close. Fiat CEO Olivier François expressed the shared history and values between Fiat and Disney, emphasizing the significance of simplicity, warmth, and joy.
Despite the celebratory launch, it remains uncertain whether Fiat intends to offer these limited-edition models for sale or retain them within its facilities.
Earlier this year, Fiat introduced the Topolino as its contribution to the electric quadricycle market, alongside the Citroen Ami and Opel Rocks-e. All three vehicles share the same electric motor, producing 8 hp (6 kW / 8 PS), and a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, providing a range of 47 miles (75 km). Priced from €7,544 ($8,251) in Italy, these compact electric vehicles cater to a younger audience, with driving eligibility for teenagers as young as 14 years old, exempt from requiring a driver's license.