Icon is recent off of the reveal of its Tesla-powered 1949 Mercury coupe on the 2018 SEMA present, however it has one other electrical powertrain swap to point out off. The corporate has put in an electrical powertrain on this 1966 Derelict Fiat 500 Giardiniera.
Icon founder Jonathan Ward revealed a YouTube video to point out off the electrical 500 Giardiniera, which was in fairly poor form when it first got here to the corporate. Ward mistakenly identifies the automobile as a 600 Giardinetta, however that is certainly a 500 Giardiniera. As a aspect be aware, Fiat plans to construct a brand new 500 Giardiniera with a design to recall the unique mannequin.
The shopper stated the inside reeked and the upholstery was in actually poor situation. The outside, nonetheless, was in excellent form. Icon did not contact the outside and easily restored the cabin with new upholstery and supplies because it carried out the electrical powertrain swap. Marine-grade vinyl supplied a way more sturdy upholstery, and Icon needed to undergo the entire automobile to eradicate typical Fiat squeaks and rattles that may solely develop into extra noticeable with out an inner combustion engine underhood.
The shopper wished one thing way more dependable than the 500 Giardiniera commonplace powertrain, so Icon went forward with a minimal upkeep battery and electrical motor. The automobile runs six Tesla batteries for a complete of 30 kwh, and it has a variety of about 120 miles. To deal with the electrical powertrain’s further weight, Icon transformed the suspension to coil-overs, beefed up the complete rear transaxle, and upgraded the disc brakes. The transaxle stays authentic, per Ward, however it’s now locked in third gear. Thus, the powertrain supplies the graceful electrical really feel many drivers adore.
Since there is no want for a gearshift, Icon designed and created an age-appropriate dial to pick out Reverse, Impartial, or Drive. The ignition additionally consists of push-button begin by way of a discreet black button mounted to the left of the steering wheel, whereas an electrical vary gauge mimics the automobile’s authentic speedometer.
Ward would not understand how a lot energy the 500 Giardiniera made earlier than the swap, however says it makes about 100 horsepower now. He stated the outcomes are fairly spectacular with loads of acceleration and a zippy really feel.
Try the retro-modern Italian EV within the video above.