FCA’s Mirafiori plant turns 80. Work begins on new assembly line for the Fiat 500 Electric
The installation of a state-of-the-art Comau robot yesterday at one of the largest and most historic automotive plants in the world represented a link between past and future, with an event that celebrated the Mirafiori plant's 80th anniversary and beginning of construction of the assembly line for the new Fiat 500 BEV.
This new generation of vehicles continues the long tradition of innovative models (more than 35 in total) that have rolled off the assembly lines at Mirafiori. Among these is the first Fiat 500 which began production in 1957. Since it was opened 80 years ago, Mirafiori has produced more than 28,700,000 vehicles.
The platform being installed at the plant is specific to electric cars and its first application will be the Fiat 500 BEV.
Yesterday, the first robot was installed and the rest of the plant will be retooled over the coming months. In the body shop alone, there will be a total of 200 robots enabling a fully-automated welding process. Production of the first pre-production models is scheduled to begin by year-end.
Around 1,200 people will be dedicated to production of the Fiat 500 BEV and the new assembly line will have an annual capacity of 80,000 units, with the potential for expansion.
Total investment for the project, including design, development, engineering and construction of the assembly line is around €700 million. Production is set to begin during the second quarter of 2020.
The Fiat 500 Electric is part of a much broader investment plan that FCA will carry out in Italy during the period 2019-2021. It is, overall, five billion euros, to support a substantial renewal of the product range, with the introduction of 13 totally new or deeply renewed models and the launch of a supply electrification plan, with the inclusion in the range of 12 electric versions of new or existing models.