Next year, Fiat will launch a full-electric version of the 500 on a new platform to prepare for what some automakers believe is the only viable propulsion for smaller cars. Citroen brand CEO Linda Jackson told Automotive News Europe that the Citroen C1’s future was likely to be electric. Meanwhile, Skoda has unveiled an electric version of its Citigo, which will be sold under the brand’s new e-mobility subbrand, iV.
Full-electric variants look to be the best option for the entry segment when VW Group replaces its current minicars, Skoda’s Favey said: “Everything else will be tricky to justify.”
The continued popularity of the Renault Zoe, which last year was Europe’s No. 2 selling full-electric car after the Nissan Leaf, gives manufacturers hope that an electric future is viable for small cars.
At the Geneva auto show, Peugeot unveiled a rival to the Zoe in the form of the e208. Opel and Citroen are also gearing up to launch related full-electric small cars. PSA’s electrification…