Fiat announced that starting from July 1, 2022, it will drop all non-electrified variants from its UK range, offering only mild-hybrid and fully electric models. This is another step towards the electric future of the Italian automaker that wants to become an EV-only brand by 2027.
According to the official website of Fiat UK, the only remaining models that were still available with pure ICE in the UK market were the Tipo and the 500X, fitted with different versions of the turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine, since diesel-powered variants were already gone.
Fiat says that 2021 saw the biggest annual increase in electrified vehicle registrations in the UK, a sign that buyers are interested in reduced emissions and better mileage. More specifically there was an 88.3 percent increase in BEVs, a 43 percent increase in HEVs, and an 18.5 percent increase in MHEVs compared to the previous year.
The electrification of Fiat’s model range started in 2020 with the 500 Hybrid and the Panda Hybrid, both of which are using a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system. In the same year, Fiat unveiled the fully electric 500 which remains its sole EV offering. Finally, the brand’s entire lineup became electrified in early 2022 with the debut of the 500X Hybrid and Tipo Hybrid, fitted with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a 48-Volt mild-hybrid system.
The next step for Fiat is to unveil more fully electric models benefiting from Stellantis’ parts bin. The new range will include a fully electric supermini as a spiritual successor of the Fiat Punto, and three new electric crossovers, all coming between 2023 and 2027.