The All-Electric Abarth 500e Scorpionissima: A Complete Guide For The UK

Abarth 500e Scorpionissima
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 42 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): N/A
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


Overview


Though, both Abarth and Fiat are owned by the same parent company, the Netherlands based Stellantis N.V., there are significant differences in the positioning of the two brands. Abarth & C. S.p.A. is a high performance automotive manufacturer, based in Turin, Italy. Abarth was founded in 1949 by Carlo Abarth, an Italian automobile designer. Move forward two decades, the company was acquired by Fiat (1971). In 2007, Abarth was re-launched as an independent automotive company and brand.

In fact, the company is keen to stress that Abarth is much more than just a sportier version of Fiat cars. The Abarth brand has grown from a ‘performance tuner’ to a ‘full grown brand’ and is currently sold in a number of international markets. Interestingly, Brazil is their largest market, even bigger than their home market, Italy. The brand has established a loyal following, which the company refers to as ‘tribe’. The tribe has 160,000 members globally, across 95 clubs. The ethos of the brand is ‘small cars, big fun’. The company views itself as ‘performance creators’ and ‘in the business of wow factor’. Abarth is now committed to global expansion and a new lineup of cars. Watch this space!



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The All-Electric Abarth 500e Scorpionissima


The development of the all-electric Abarth, the first pure electric sports car, was ‘driven’, not only for environmental reason, but primarily for improving ‘performance’. Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) offer instant torque and immediate response. Bottom-line, the scorpion is back with an ‘electric sting’!

According to the manufacturer, the “New Abarth 500e is “more Abarth than EVer” thanks to its electric architecture, improved weight distribution, improved torque, and wider wheelbase. It is faster and more exciting in both urban and suburban driving”. 

Keeping true to its legacy, the 500e incorporates a sound generator to replicate the brands legendary Abarth engine sound. Indeed, it is now common place for pure electric cars to have an onboard artificial sound generator, mostly, to warn pedestrians that an EV is in operation. The Abarth takes it to another level!

Like the all-electric Fiat 500e, the Abarth 500e targets primarily urban drivers, but the difference being, offering more ‘hardcore fun’ than the Fiat 500e. Like the Fiat 500e, the Abarth electric also offers an onboard 42 kWh EV battery. The manufacturer has not yet released the WLTP range for the EV, but we can expect it to be close to the claimed 199 miles (WLTP) range of the Fiat 500 electric car. In any case, given that most commutes for urban driving are short, the 42 kW EV battery will offer a practical and useful electric range.

The Abarth EV offers DC rapid charging up to 85 kW as standard. The electric car can be charged up to 80% in 35 minutes. The EV also incorporates a 11 kW AC (3-phase) onboard charger. For those with access to three-phase charging at home or the workplace, the battery can be fully charged in 4 hours and 15 minutes. Do keep in mind that most homes in the UK are powered by a single-phase power supply (7.4 kW), resulting in longer charging times.

Though the Abarth pure electric car can be charged via a domestic 3-PIN socket, we at e-zoomed discourage the use of a domestic socket to charge an electric car. It will take up to 15 hours and 15 minutes to charge the 42 kWh battery via a standard domestic plug. We encourage charging an electric car using a dedicated EV home charging station like easee.

The Abarth electric car does not disappoint in terms of its exterior iconic appeal. The company has upgraded its iconic logo. The Abarth electric launches the new electrified Scorpion signature logo, in a sportier exterior styling. A number of design elements have been introduced to give the electric vehicle a more aggressive appearance. These include: a new sporty bumper, sporty lines of the lateral skirt, rear diffuser inserts, new titanium grey mirror caps and more!

The Abarth 500e Scorpionissima features as standard, the Uconnect radio touchscreen 10.25” with an integrated navigation system. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is also available. The electric car also offers: dusk and rain sensors, keyless go, automatic climate control, automatic high low beam headlights, advanced 360° drone view sensor system, ultra-high-definition rear camera and more.

The EV also incorporates a number of driving safety aid, to include: traffic sign information, autonomous emergency brake with pedestrian and cyclist recognition, intelligent speed assistant, lane keeping assist, drowsy driver detection, blind spot warning and more. In terms of practicality, for urban driving, its compact size and turning circle are certainly useful. However, the rear seats are a tight squeeze for taller adults.

The front-wheel drive Abarth 500e can achieve 0-62 mph in 7 seconds (by way of comparison, the Fiat 500e takes 9 seconds). The maximum power is up to 155 hp (235 Nm) and a 96 mph top speed. The EV delivers 50% faster acceleration from 20 to 40 km/h compared to the internal combustion engine (ICE) variant.

The electric car offers 3 driving modes: Turismo, Scorpion Street and Scorpion Track. From the three available driving modes, the highest performance driving mode is the Scorpion Track. For those seeking smoother acceleration, the Turismo mode is the best option. In this mode, the performance is lower. The maximum available power is 100 kW instead of 113 kW, torque is 220 Nm, instead of 235 Nm.

Of course, for those keen to get the most of the available EV range, the Turismo range is most suitable. The Scorpion Street mode sits in between the two other mode, offering the best of both performance and regenerative braking! For those new to electric driving, follow this link to learn more!

The electric vehicle (EV) is only available as a limited edition, with 1949 units to be manufactured. A homage to the founding of the company in 1949. The launch edition is available as both a hatchback and cabrio. Prices have yet to be confirmed by the manufacturer, but of course, it will be higher than the Fiat electric car. UK deliveries are expected to commence mid-2023. You can lease the electric cars via e-zoomed at fantastic prices.



PROSCONS
DC charging up to 85 kWRear seats with limited headroom and legroom
Iconic and attractive exterior styling Not practical for a larger family
11 kW AC (3-Phase) onboard charger as standardOnly available in one EV battery size

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The All-Electric Abarth 500e Hatchback (credit: Abarth)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (1 Option)
Abarth 500e Launch Edition (from £N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one size: 42 kWh
Charging:85 kW DC Fast Charging (10%-80%: 35 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 4 hrs 15 mins)
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1527
Width (mm):1900
Length (mm):3632
Wheelbase (mm):2322
Turning Circle (m):9.3
Boot Space (L):185

500e Scorpionissima
EV Battery Capacity:42 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):N/A
Electric Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Charging: 85 kW DC Fast Charging (10%-80%: 35 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 4 hrs 15 mins)
Top Speed:96 mph
0-62 mph:7 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):113.7
Max Power (hp):155
Torque (Nm): 235
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:3
Kerb Weight (kg):N/A
Colours:2
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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