Fiat has turned the small electric car 500e into “the world’s smallest ice cream truck with zero emissions. The concept is a response to the strict emission requirements of big cities. It was shown in connection with the new strict environmental requirements that will soon be introduced in London.
Among other things, the new rules ban the city’s ice cream vans, which are powered by internal combustion engines, from many of the city’s popular streets and tourist routes. This has sparked a huge debate in a country where many believe ice cream vans are part of the culture and cityscape. At the same time, old ice cream vans that run all day to operate the freezers contribute to both emissions and noise.
– The Fiat 500e Gelateria Edition, a UK one-off concept based on the 500e Cabriolet, is a zero-emission solution that demonstrates the car’s versatility in urban environments. It’s small, compact and electric, designed with the brand’s Italian heritage in mind,” said Fiat UK boss Damien Daly.
The inspiration for the Fiat 500e Gelateria comes from the Italian ice cream parlors of the 1950s. The back seat has been replaced with battery-powered freezers with enough ice cream to serve 300 people.
A survey commissioned by British Fiat showed that 83 percent of Britons believe that “ice cream trucks are an important part of British culture”. As emissions requirements tighten in big cities like London, electric mobility is directly decisive for ice cream vans.