CASTAGNA TENDER II : 2 YEARS OF ADVANCE
In 2008 the Castagna coachbuldier invented one of the first electric models of Fiat 500
It was 2010 when at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Fiat presented the first concept car of the Fiat 500 with electric power: the 500 Elettra BEV.
The Fiat 500 Elettra BEV
Initially, no large-volume production was planned, but after numerous requests from potential customers, the Italian company decided to create the series version in 2012, with the name of 500e.
The Fiat 500e
Few know, however, that it was the Milanese coachbuldier Castagna among the first companies to make a fully functional electric model of the 500.
The car's name was Tender II, it equipped a 34 kW electric engine powered by lithium batteries and combined with front-wheel drive.
The roof and doors have been eliminated to place a chromed roll-bar while the interior consisted of fine woods and leather.
Developed by Ansaldo, the engine delivered 45 hp allowing the Tender II to reach a maximum speed of 130 km / h with a range of 140 km.
The car was not built in series, but a special version was later set up for the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi paid the beauty of 100,000 Euros. What do you think about it?
Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation