With the European bill planning to ban the sale of thermal vehicles by 2035, many manufacturers are taking drastic measures to accelerate the electrification of their fleet. This is particularly the case of Fiat, which has decided to stop the marketing of non-electrified vehicles from July 1, 2022 in the United Kingdom.
As you may know, authorities in many countries have decided to take drastic measures to reduce the impact of car traffic on the environment. This is the case of the European Union, which recently formalized the ban on the sale of thermal cars from 2035.
Across the Atlantic, the American authorities have displayed more measured ambitions. Electric vehicles should represent 50% of new vehicles by 2030. In fact, and faced with these multiple deadlines, many car manufacturers have already taken measures to accelerate the electrification of their fleet. In France, Renault is aiming for 100% electric cars by 2030, while Porsche claims that 80% of its production will be electric by 2030 as well.
On his side, Fiat has finally entered the era of 100% electric with the new Fiat 500. Until then, the manufacturer had contented itself with hybrid versions, with the 500 Hybrid, the Panda Hybrid or the Typo Hybrid.
Moreover, the new electric FIAT 500 has met with great success, since according to the latest figures from the Italian brand, the FIAT 500 is the best-selling electric city car in eleven countries, and the second best-selling electric car in Europe, just behind Tesla.
Fiat announces the end of thermal cars in the UK from the summer of 2022
However, the manufacturer has decided to move up a gear in the electrification of its offer. Indeed, Fiat announced this Tuesday, May 31, 2022 the end of the sale of all thermal vehicles in the United Kingdom from July 1, 2022.
For Fiat, this measure was the logical next step, since 60% of the Fiat range offered in 2021 at least one low-emission variant of each model to UK customers. “This milestone in Fiat’s history marks a turning point in our commitment to providing affordable and sustainable mobility solutions to all our customers. Electric lends itself to our vehicles suitable for urban areas, epitomized by the popularity of the new Fiat 500″, said Greg Taylor, managing director of Fiat and Abarth UK.
It remains to be seen whether Fiat intends to adopt this measure on other markets, and in particular the French market. It should be remembered that the electric Fiat 500 was the best-selling electric model in France in April 2022. Great performances that could push Fiat to adopt the same strategy for France.