This year's Geneva Motor Show is proving to be a prelude for electric mobility in the not so distant future. From fast hypercars to sleek concepts, the EV scene is surely on the rise.
Fiat, it seems, also wants to join in on the action after releasing an electric concept of their own. To celebrate the company's 120th anniversary, Fiat decided to look into the future of electric mobility and released the cute and dashing Centoventi concept. It is Fiat's vision of a zero emissions vehicle for the masses that breaks away from past designs and embraces a more high-tech future.
Resembling a slighty larger Fiat 500 hatchback, the Centoventi has a cutting-edge design while still keeping the familiar cube-like shape as its stablemates. It has rectangular headlights with cube-shaped LED daytime running lights mounted the front bumper that give it its distinct appearance. Meanwhile, the C-shaped taillights and large alloy wheels give the concept a sporty and futuristic look.
There's also the option of making the Centoventi stand out more by way of customizable body panels and bumpers. Under the '4U' program, owners can choose from 4 roofs, 4 bumpers, 4 wheel covers, and 4 external wrappings to dress up the Centoveni.
Pop the doors open and the Centoventi welcomes you into a lounge-like interior. With no engine at the front, designers were able to make the cabin more spacious. Then there's the one-piece dashboard made famous by the Fiat Panda. It comes with a plethora of cubby holes and storage bins that can hold a wide array of items like bottles, coins, and even smartphones among others. Even the doors are designed after refrigerators doors which allow the installation of additional storage pockets.
A unique feature present on the Centoventi concept is the ability to use a smartphone or tablet as the car's onboard infotainment system. Instead of a traditional touchscreen display, drivers can hook up their mobile devices to the car's system for seamless integration. That way, features like navigation, music, messaging and even music playback can be done with ease while inside the car.
Want to broadcast what you're doing over in social media and to the people around you? The concept comes with unique tailgate that doubles as a large digital screen. When stationary, the car can be set to 'Messenger' mode which can serve as a mobile billboard.
Powering the Centoventi is, you guessed it, electricity. A set of modular batteries under the floor give the EV concept 100 km range as standard. But for those that want more range on their EV, it can be extended up to 400 km with the addition of three more batteries. There's also the option of having an extra battery pack that can be hooked up beneath the seat which gives the hatchback 500 km of range.
Should the Centoventi be greenlit for production, Fiat plans not only to make it available for private customers, they also plan to have it available for fleet use or for ride-sharing applications.