The New 2022 Fiat E-Ulysse Electric Van Makes its Global Debut
【Summary】Italian automaker Fiat recently unveiled its new E-Ulysse electric minivan. The E-Ulysse is the second all-electric offering from the automaker following the Fiat 500 EV, which launched in 2020. With its new EV, Fiat is electrifying the popular people carrier segment in Europe. The electric van will be available in both 7- and 8-seat configurations, as well as a cargo version for commercial customers.
Under the umbrella of automaker Stellantis, almost every one of its brands, including Jeep, Chrysler, Ram and Fiat are going through significant changes. Last year for example, Italian automaker Fiat confirmed that it intends to phase out all internal combustion models starting from 2025 to become an EV-only brand by the end of the decade.
In addition, we recently discussed Stellantis' plans to turn Chrysler into an electric-only brand by 2028. The global auto group made the announcement at CES 2022 in early Janurary.
But there's a new development in Fiat's plan to become an all-electric marque. The Italian car manufacturer's electric minivan recently made its world debut. The E-Ulysse is the second all-electric offering from the automaker following the Fiat 500 EV, which launched in 2020. The new electric passenger van however, will not be coming to the United States and instead will be sold exclusively in the European market.
With its new EV, Fiat is trying to electrify the popular people carrier segment in Europe. The electric van will be available in both 7- and 8-seat configurations. Fiat says it will offer the new E-Ulysse in as many as 28 different variants.
The E-Ulysse happens to be a badge-engineered version of Opel Zafira-E, Citroen e-Jumpy, and Peugeot e-Expert.
Customers can select between the standard 50 kWh battery pack or a 50% larger 75 kWh battery. As per WLTP standards, the all-new Fiat E-Ulysse can deliver 330 km (205 miles) of driving range in its most capable spec.
The E-Ulysse also comes with a standard 100 kW fast-charging system that can recharge the battery to 80% in just 45 minutes.
The Fiat E-Ulysse and the cargo version called the "E-Scudo" will be powered by a 100 kW electric powertrain. The battery-only drivetrain in the E-Scudo produces 136 horsepower and 260 Nm (191 ft-lb) of torque
Like most entry-level EVs, the base versions of the two electric vans will be offered with steel rims and plastic hubcaps.
Manual air conditioning will also be part of the ensemble for the entry-level E-Ulysse models. More premium variants will get more high-end features, such as three zones climate control, mood lighting, a panoramic sunroof and electric sliding doors.
Fiat is also targeting the hospitality segment with its new electric people carrier. According to the
automaker, the new E-Ulysse will come equipped with an air sanitization device that can also decontaminate impurities from inside the cabin. The Italian car company describes its eight-seater version of the E-Ulysse as a "Shuttle" and calls its 7-seater version a living room with its more premium interior space.
The highly configurable cabin of the E-Ulysse is also quite versatile. Occupants can customize the interior by independently moving seats to their desired configuration. The new electric van can offer as much as cubic feet of capacity depending on the configuration.
Fiat's new electric van will be built at the Stellantis factory in Hordain, France. Customer orders open this month in Italy, France and Germany. The E-Ulysse is due to arrive at European dealerships in May.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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