Article By John Redfern

Electric Fiat 500 awarded five-star Green NCAP rating

The all-electric Fiat 500 city car scored top marks for Clean Air Index, Energy Efficiency Index and Greenhouse Gases Index tests.

The Fiat 500 electric city car has been awarded a full five-star rating by the Green NCAP testing initiative.

Covering factors from energy efficiency to greenhouse gases, the Fiat 500 scored maximum marks across the board.

It becomes only the fourth electric car to gain the top score. The Volkswagen ID.3, Hyundai Kona, and Renault Zoe were all previously awarded five stars.

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Founded in 2019, the Green NCAP process aims to independently assess the environmental impact of new cars. Much like Euro NCAP crash tests have improved car safety, it is hoped the Green version will lead to more energy efficient vehicles.

Testing involves a mixture of real-world scenarios, supported by laboratory evaluations.

The real-world elements include driving in congestion, and fully laden, whilst the lab tests cover different temperature conditions.

Cars are then scored on the Clean Air Index, Energy Efficiency Index and Greenhouse Gases Index, with the Fiat 500 awarded 10 out of 10 for all three.

When launched last year, the 500 became the first model in Fiat’s history to be fully electric from the start. It also marked the return of Fiat 500 production to Italy.

A range of battery options are, naturally, geared towards city driving. However, the 500 can cover up to 199 miles with the largest 42 kWh battery. Fast-charging capabilities allow it to gain an 80 percent charge in 35 minutes.

With the government plug-in car grant included, pricing for the Fiat 500 starts at £19,995.

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