Fiat is making its comeback into Europe’s minivan segment with the E-Ulysse serving as the company’s second EV after the New 500. It can be had with a choice between seven or eight seats and comes about 12 years since the previous namesake model was discontinued. The Italian marque mentions it’s the perfect vehicle for those who provide transportation services, such as people working in the hospitality domain or those who operate VIP shuttles.
Buyers get to pick from either a base 50-kWh battery or a larger 75-kWh pack with enough juice for up to 330 kilometers (205 miles) in the WLTP cycle. Power is provided by a single electric motor rated at 136 hp (100 kW) and an instant torque of 260 Nm (191 lb-ft). As standard, the E-Ulysse supports 100-kW charging to replenish the battery to 80% in only 45 minutes. Optionally, a three-phase 11-kW Mode 3 cable or a Wallbox by Mopar are available.
As you would expect from a minivan, the interior is impressively flexible. There is literally a dozen of configurations for the eight-seater model and a whopping 16 layouts if you choose the seven-seat model. Fiat goes as far as to say the E-Ulysse electric people mover is a living room on four wheels with a massive panoramic sunroof featuring a pair of panels with a total surface area of almost one square meter.
Between those two panels, Fiat has fitted the air conditioning diffuser with six vents that can be individually adjusted. Passengers have access to temperature control and benefit from a cozy atmosphere courtesy of two LED strips of ambient lighting. Even though it’s huge on the inside, the E-Ulysse is touted as having the smallest dimensions in its segment. It rides on 17-inch wheels and can be configured with an electric tailgate and xenon headlights (yes, xenons in 2022).
Should you need to carry cargo rather than people, the electric van can swallow up to 4,900 liters in the Long version or 1,500 liters if all seats are occupied. The standard model offers 4,200 and 900 liters, respectively. Items as long as 3.5 meters fit in the Long model or 3.1 meters if you go for the regular E-Ulysse.
Stellantis will begin assembly of the zero-emission van at the plant in Hordain, France this month when it will also open the order books in select European countries. Dealerships will have the E-Ulysse from May.