Icon’s Electric Fiat 500 Giardiniera Is The Perfect Tool For City Driving

Electric conversions are increasingly gaining traction in the classic car world, and the trend shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Especially in the case of popular but really slow classics like the original Beetle or, in this case, the Fiat 500 in its cute Giardiniera wagon bodystyle.

The electric powertrain conversion was a collaboration between Icon and Stealth EV, giving the little Fiat around 100hp to play with, which is almost three times the power it originally had. The increased performance is then combined with 120 miles (190 km) of driving range, which is more than enough for city driving.

Icon also replaced all the weatherstripping and glass seals, added insulation and generally eliminated all the rattles and squeaks you’ve come to expect from a tiny Italian car of this era. Combined with the simple but stylish and surprisingly roomy interior, Icon’s 500 Giardiniera is arguably one of the coolest cars they ever made.

It’s a win-win combo, as the classic design married to a zero-emissions powertrain creates a car that’s much, much better than it was before. Let Jonathan Ward take you for a tour around his latest creation on the video that follows.

 

 

  • Adam Bernard

    Thanks for (apparently) being the first blog to correctly identify this adorable little car…

  • Bash

    This is awesome.

  • Bash

    And brilliant.

  • ace_9

    This is nice. If it would be safe to drive on normal streets in a car like this, it would make for a perfect city car. Maybe in the future all cities will be filled with similar retro EVs. They would be limited to some low speed, therefore they would not need too much active and passive safety features and they could be really small and stylish. Unfortunately, in current world, it is scary to drive even the modern 500.

  • GOOD IDEA. DON’T HAVE MUCH DESIRE TO WATCH JONATHAN WARD “GEEK OUT”.

  • europeon

    And knowing Icon’s prices, this probably costs more than a top of the range Tesla.

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