Fiat’s low-cost electric model has been named: not Panda but Pandina. This cousin to the Citroën ë-C3 is set to be produced in Kragujevac, Serbia, for a starting price of around 20 000 euros. A mild hybrid version is also coming for around 15 000 euros. Meanwhile, Stellantis promises to maintain a production target of 1 million vehicles in Italy by 2030.
Citroën got the scoop with the new ë-C3, an EV for less than 25 000 euros, but counterparts from fellow Stellantis brands Opel and Fiat will soon join the French compact SUV. The Italian version is to be a spiritual successor to the Panda, with a no-frills practical interior and a size of around four meters, with the name now being confirmed by Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares: Fiat Pandina.
€20 000 electric model, €15 000 hybrid
Contrary to the ë-C3, however, the Pandina will not be produced in Slovakia, nor will it come to Italy. Instead, Fiat has opted for the Kragujevac plant in Serbia, where the 500L was produced until recently. The plant received a 190 million euro investment to convert it to produce the electric model.
Regarding drivetrains and pricing, the Fiat Pandina should match the Citroën ë-C3 quite closely. That means a base model of under 20 000 euros with a 250-kilometer range and a more practical version for around 23 300 euros with over 300 km of range. A cheaper mild hybrid gasoline version for around 15 000 euros is also expected to follow.
What about Italy?
This news shocked the Italian trade unions, who were hoping for an Italian production location for this likely very popular model. Stellantis has tried to reassure them and the Italian government by promising a target of 1 million vehicles produced in Italy by 2030. However, the promise comes under certain conditions, according to AFP.
The car manufacturer wants help from the Italian government to subsidize electric vehicles and to further develop the charging infrastructure in the country. Lower energy costs and better industrial competitiveness from the factories are also part of Stellantis’ demands.
Something that the Italian government seems ready to offer, with Minister of Economic Development Adolfo Urso stating “We have 6 million euros in our automotive budget between now and 2030, which we can devote to incentives to encourage the establishment of more production sites and the conversion to electric mobility.”