New Fiat e-Ulysse electric MPV: pictures, specs and details
Fiat has revealed more details of its sister model to the Citroen e-SpaceTourer, Peugeot e-Traveller and Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life
Fiat has revealed more details of its new e-Ulysse electric people carrier – a near-identical sister car to the already-on-sale Citroen e-SpaceTourer, Peugeot e-Traveller and Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life. Described by its maker as "the ideal vehicle for transportation services such as VIP shuttles and in hospitality", the e-Ulysse gets the familiar 134bhp electric motor and choice of 50 or 75kWh battery capacities as its sister models.
Claimed maximum range with the larger of the two batteries is 205 miles, top speed is limited to 81mph and maximum torque output is 260Nm. The e-Ulysse comes as standard with 100kW rapid-charging capability, which is sufficient for topping up the battery from near-empty to 80% full in 45 minutes.
The Lounge version of the e-Ulysse is aimed at business and VIP customers, offering five large seats with armrests as well as a double folding table. There's also a seven-seater setup called the 'Living Room' and an eight-seater 'Shuttle' configuration. A panoramic glass sunroof is standard on the Lounge version, brightening up the cabin. It can be darkened if needed by means of a sliding curtain.
The e-Ulysse will also come with a removable, portable air-sanitising device that's said to eliminate the majority of bacteria that can enter the passenger compartment. This complements the standard three-zone air-conditioning system, which has separate controls for the first, second and third-row occupants.
Standard and Long wheelbases will be offered, with the former boasting a 900-litre boot capacity with all seats in place, expanding to 1,500 litres in the Long. Take out the passenger seats and those figures rise to 4,200 and 4,900 litres respectively. When used as a van in this fashion, the Standard wheelbase e-Ulysse can also carry items up to 3.1 metres long (or 3.5 metres in the Long).
Active safety equipment on the e-Ulysse includes traffic-sign recognition, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and a rear-view camera. Three infotainment grades are offered, with the range-topper getting a seven-inch colour touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, plus built-in sat nav.
Other standard kit comprises 17-inch alloy wheels, reclining and removable seats, air-conditioning, removable work surfaces, sunshades for the rear seats and a storage net in the boot. The Lounge adds a powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof with ambient lighting, xenon headlights and leather seats.
The Ulysse name was previously used for a Fiat MPV produced between 1994 and 2002, as part of a joint venture between what were then the separate PSA and Fiat groups. With the two combined as Stellantis, the new Ulysse (which will also be available with a diesel engine) will be built in the same French factory that produced its predecessor.