Fiat X1/23: The Child-Size Electric Car from 1972 with a Speed of 45 mph

Fiat X1/23 is a concept car first shown at Turin Motor Show in 1972 and then as an electric car in 1976. This Fiat was designed by Centro Stile Fiat, and it was a small city car for two people, unlike anything else produced by the company at the time. It is powered by a 14-kW electric motor driving the front wheels and features regenerative braking. The batteries are at the rear. X1/23 has a top speed of 45 mph (72.4 km/h) and a range of about 50 miles (80.5 km). Despite its small size, the car weighs 820 kg (1,810 lb), 166 kg (366 lb) of which came from the battery.

Fiat made the car to fit kids, based on the measurements. The length reached only 2.64 meters (8.66 feet)! Comparatively, it was three times smaller than the Fiat 124 sedan, which measured 4.03 meters (13.22 feet). The front wheels of the car were driven by an electric motor. Back then, electric vehicles in Europe seemed like something out of a fantasy film. Therefore, when Fiat introduced the tiny X1/23, many were impressed by the idea of owning a car that is so inexpensive to maintain.

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