2013 Fiat 500e Auto Review

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2013 Fiat 500e

the boundaries of what an electric car be

Ryan ZumMallen on 06.06.2013

Los is the home of bright eyes and big and the 2013 Fiat 500e is the budding sensation with a shot at the big time. The all-electric is on sale soon, in California and has the look and personality to make it. But is a fine line between the substance of Jennifer Lawrence and the nothingness of Heidi Montag, and the has to prove itself worthy L.A. — and eventually, car across America — can it the next big thing.

So is the Fiat a bona fide star or empty Hollywood mirage?

A 500 Extra Juice

The Extra

Though California is by far the largest EV the 500e could still be a sell. EV infrastructure hasn’t like many hoped, and cars haven’t become any affordable in the last few years. and Coda have had their of troubles, and it’s not exactly the stable strategy for growing auto brand.

That’s why Chrysler approached of the 500e from a whole new

The 2013 Fiat 500e for $32,500, roughly double the of the entry-level 500 Pop. Most aren’t going to be too excited to pay $30k for a three-door hatch, so the financial department got creative. of buying, customers can take out a lease that, after and federal rebates and incentives, out to $995 down and $199 per — exactly the lease of a 500 Pop that, again, is half the of the 500e.

If that seems it would cost Fiat, because it does. The automaker is about $10,000 on each they’ll sell, proving while their strategy is it isn’t exactly cost Dealers won’t make money back on that so Fiat is setting up 500e Centers in San Francisco and L.A. to customers and save branches the

But Fiat and Chrysler don’t you to know any of that. They you to know that they now a fully capable, convenient and electric car in the 500e. The battery is under warranty for 8 years or miles; owners can utilize up to 12 days with an Enterprise car per year for long trips.

about going the extra mile.

Inside, the 500e much like the 500 with a few differences. The seating position is high, and the half-leather half-cloth are still very supportive and The stereo and climate settings are to read and well within but the similarities end there.

Staring at you the dash is a perched TomTom system. My feelings on this mixed. It would have much nicer to have an touchscreen, because the TomTom visibility through the windshield and is kind of an eyesore. It’s coming to work in sandals, or an Ed Hardy label on literally at all — you just don’t do it. On the hand, it’s a fine that provides up-to-the-minute and weather and is programmed to find charging stations (the app also does this).

There are no pretentious leaf that remind you to drive — only a bright digital display with battery power and other info on tap. Take stupid leaf graphics. and a six-speaker Alpine stereo are also welcome additions.

of the typical gear selector or transmission stick, the 500e a row of buttons dotted along the console. The PRND setup sense in an EV, since not much is necessary with a one-speed and it fits the general playfulness and spirit of the car. The buttons can be a stubborn and often take than one punch to get into

All in all, though, it wraps up the quite nicely and shows thought went into the design.

Just don’t expect or anything to fit into the back the batteries cost four of already-nonexistent floor space. seen bigger Kindergarten

From behind the wheel, can be no doubt that you’re something that is not only but revolutionary. Like any electric the Fiat 500e is silent for the whirr of the battery. Fiat bolstered up the sound and vibration so you don’t notice much road and wind noise the absence of the exhaust note.

to the rickety i-MiEV, the 500e is of the curve.

It’s when you on the gas — err, accelerator that the 500e really alive. All 147 lb.-ft of torque power that tiny off the line almost instantly. The is eager to jump, an extremely e-puppy in never-ending pursuit of a

Speed comes in a super with no gear shifts to a thrill for even experienced EV

Acceleration tapers off around and the 500e can struggle to get up to highway Its 0-60mph time is around 8.0 but losing a few drag races is worth the pure pleasure on launch. If you’re just around town, the acceleration on is more than enough, and better are the driving dynamics come courtesy of the extremely batteries under foot.

lined the battery packs the floor, starting from the driver’s seat and running all the way to behind the rear axle. gives the car a healthy rear-weight which turns the understeer-y 500 into a bona fide either darting from to block or carving up the Malibu

While the Scion FR-S and Miata need not worry, the is truly a blast to drive at The weight from 600-lbs. of plants it to the ground with of the standard 500’s body and accelerating through turns bring the 500e around to any natural understeer.

It’s also more around town than EVs. The regenerative braking intrusive, like it is with the or even some hybrids the Toyota Camry. In fact, you notice any rolling resistance the car is under 8mph. Pedal is natural and the 500e will coast as if it has a clutch, which immensely to energy savings, you’re rolling to a stoplight or a mountain.

On a 20-mile loop, I 112.6 MPGe — than enough to make the public reconsider their fuel expenses.


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