Stellantis has taken the wraps off a cute electric microcar called the Topolino, which is described as the “perfect urban mobility device” and comes in two different styles – one fully enclosed and one without car door.
Space is at a premium on bustling city streets, which means driving a large sedan or SUV isn’t an attractive option for daily commutes or quick shopping trips, and it’s fun trying to park.
Back in 2009, Renault came up with a potential solution, the low-powered but very fun Twizy electric four-wheeler. Its relatively small proportions and tight turning radius make it ideal for frenzied action in the inner city, and low-speed versions can even be driven in some European countries by people as young as 14 without a license.
In the years since, the likes of Microlino, Silence and Citroën have repeated the four-wheeler formula, and now Fiat is bringing some Italian flair to the party with the Ami-like Topolino—”experience Italy on the narrow roads” The perfect vehicle for summer” on the roads of Italy’s beautiful coastline. “
The recently released 600e has been described as the big sister to the 500 model, while the Topolino can be considered its smaller sister. It is 2.33 m (7.6 ft) long and features a satin finish, chrome details, antiqued mirror and funky vintage wheel covers.
The car’s 5.4 kWh battery pack can reportedly travel up to 75 kilometers (46.6 miles) per charge and can be fully charged in four hours from a standard wall outlet. Likewise, the top speed is 45 km/h (28 mph), meaning that in some Eurozones the vehicle can be driven by teens as young as 14.
Side-by-side seating for driver and passenger, a center base with USB smartphone charging, a hook to help keep luggage on the floor, 63 liters of interior storage space and an exterior rear luggage rack.
Closed models have two doors (one hinged at the rear and the other at the front), lots of glass and a top sunshade, while open models have a foldable fabric sunroof with thick cords instead of doors that can be used with the Use the mini shower to rinse off your body after a day at the beach.
Both models can be optionally equipped with a portable Bluetooth speaker, a USB mini fan, a thermos, and a seat cover that doubles as a soft beach towel.
The Fiat Topolino is priced at 9,890 euros (about $10,760) and is scheduled to go on sale in Italy starting later this year.