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 |  Apr 06 2011, 1:29 PM

Gas prices are getting higher and Chrysler would like to sell you its Fiat 500 EV that uses no gas for $10,000 below cost.

What’s the catch? No catch, except its cost could be three times higher than a $15,995 gasoline-powered version.

Citing the high price of developing an all-electric city car, Chrysler Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne reportedly said the company will roll out a limited number of Fiat 500 EVs and will take the loss in order to get them out there.

Even at around $45,000, the car will already be a good $12,000 or more than a Nissan LEAF – another purported loss leader – so this is the high price of trying to start an automotive revolution.

Edmunds.com said it could not get a comment from Chrysler reps, but said in order to get an electric alternative to the far more sophisticated extended-range Chevy Volt, pending Ford Focus EV, and others, Chrysler is willing to do what it takes.

Last March, the financially troubled Chrysler first committed to the Mexican-built, Italian-brand car after its 2010 fleet was ranked last in EPA fuel economy ratings among 14 major automakers. Sprinkling the mix with fuel-free units probably won’t hurt on that score either.

Thus far, the expense of bringing EVs to market has been an oft-repeated story in one form or another. The industry is being government mandated, and manufacturers and consumers are being subsidized respectively to develop and buy them. On the positive side, the proposed paradigm shift has created a frenzy of enthusiasm among companies working on much-needed solutions to dwindling oil supplies, greenhouse gases, and other ill effects, with high hopes on the horizon.

The incentive at this point is seen as necessary in today’s far more complicated economic climate to, er, jump start the new industry. No matter where the grand experiment will go, nearly every major automaker is rushing to get into the fray. It would appear the Fiat 500 EV is Chrysler’s first charitable donation to the effort.

[Source: Edmunds Blog]

  • bruno

    Hi Sergio-Marchionne
    I writing this e-mail to you,i worked for Chrysler Canada for 31 years and to find out supervision in management metal shop have to work free on saturday and sundays no paid under beleiveable.I would like you to get involved,this is not acceptable,now Chrysler is making profit now, they do not pay for over time,they always paid over time befor bankruptcy,this is a disgrace for chrysler and fiat.
    Bruno

  • Rob

    Actually… its a disgrace for the metal shop workers. They have a choice: Job or No Job. Its really their choice. If they don’t like it, why don’t they quit and go to GM or Ford?

    We live in a capitalist society.

    Cheers to Chrysler if they are in fact finally making a profit (I have yet to see proof of that!)