Fiat shows electric cars to which owner can add batteries

Mar

6

2019

Fiat has presented the Concept Centoventi at the Geneva Motor Show. The owner can adjust this modular car as desired, which also applies to the battery capacity. The driver can extend it by adding a maximum of four extra batteries.

Fiat reports that the Concept Centoventi has a set of modular batteries that enable a ‘large degree of flexible use’. By default, the car comes with a battery that allows a range of 100 km. However, if the driver wants a wider range, he can add up to four batteries. With that, the maximum range is 500 km. Fiat does not report whether this stated range is based on, for example, the wltp standard that is often quoted in Europe.

The owner of the Centoventi can purchase or rent the extra batteries. Three of these additional batteries are placed under the floor of the car. Fiat seems to suggest that this can only be done by a service provider and not by the driver himself. To add the extra batteries, there is a slide rail that makes the installation and installation relatively easy. This rail accommodates three batteries. In addition, an extra battery can be placed under the seat. This can be placed and removed by the owner and can be recharged in the house, such as the battery of an electric bicycle.

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The dashboard is formed by a single piece with holes, so occupants can easily attach all kinds of accessories, such as a cupholder or a glove compartment. There are two options for the instrument panel. With one option, the smartphone, in combination with the primary 10 “screen at the steering wheel, forms the” heart of the system. “The other option is a more traditional solution, with a second integrated screen with a screen diagonal of 20”.

The standard version of the car has an open roof, such as a convertible. However, users can also choose different roof options, including one with an integrated solar panel that can deliver 50W of energy. According to Fiat, the car can be kept cool when it is parked. The solar panel also supplies the required power for the rear loading flap, which is a digital screen on the outside.

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With this screen, according to the manufacturer, the car becomes a ‘real social media device’, with which passengers can communicate with the outside world. When the car is moving, the rear screen only shows the Fiat logo, but when the car has come to a standstill, the driver can choose the ‘messenger’ mode. Fiat also sees opportunities to use the digital tailgate as an advertisement board, so that, for example, the costs of parking can be recouped.

For the time being, the Centoventi, Italian for 120, is a concept car that is not yet known when it goes into production. It is also unclear what the car and the different battery options will cost. Fiat describes the Centoventi as ‘the least expensive electric battery car on the market’, where the manufacturer points to the modular set of batteries and the fact that the car would be very easy to clean, repair and maintain.

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