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Fiat 500 Electric Vehicle teases MINI owners

Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat, the so called "savior" of Chrysler announced they will be debuting a green version of the Fiat 500 at next week's Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed the Fiat 500 EV, will boast performance and technology similar to that found in BMW’s electric MINI E.

The electric Fiat 500 will pack 5,000 battery cells, giving the electric 500 a range of about 150 miles. Also helping to boost the range a bit will be a regenerative braking system and aerodynamic styling cues. Charge times will reportedly be at 10 hours. Acceleration is also esimated to be 10 seconds in a 0-60 mph run.

There is no word yet whether this little Italian bug will actually make it to production. The first Fiat car slated to be built and sold here is the Fiat 500 Abarth version (pictured above), which will feature 160-horsepower from a gas sipping 1.4-liter turbo four cylinder engine, due out sometime in 2010 or 2011.

The rest of the Fiat 500 lineup,  including the Fiat 500C convertible, will also be on display in Detroit.

Forecasts for pricing of the new influx of fiats will reportedly be between $18,000 and $24,000.

>>> Photos: Fiat 500 C

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