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2013 Fiat 500e review

The 2013 Fiat has an electric motor powered by a 24 battery.

Total power for the Fiat 500e is 111 hp and 147 lb-ft of which helps the 500e an estimated top speed of 85 mph.

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is it?

Ever wonder what an powertrain in Fiat’s 500 minicar be like? We’re looking at Californians. Well, you don’t to wonder anymore because the Italian is getting electrified for the model year and will go on only in California this

The twist here is Fiat to make the electric part of the as transparent as possible to drivers.

begins on the outside, where it looks like a 500 with small changes to help it be through the air and thus more Specific fascias, mirror under-body covers, side rear spoiler and wheels are the of 140 hours of wind-tunnel testing to drag 13 percent compared to the 500 Lounge model.

There are some changes too, like the 7-inch thin-film transistor cluster displays important information as charge levels, trip and range, and push-buttons are used to the car into gear. The standard navigation system can pull up like the nearest charging locations and also show readouts and a charging schedule. A application, compatible with iPhone and Android, is standard and owners connected to their to keep tabs on vehicle allow management of charging, energy use, and plan and routes to the car in advance.

Three-years of serviced are included with the

However, cabin space is from gas-powered 500s. To the floor-mounted battery pack encroaching on the interior, the floor were lowered. The battery is into the car to actually increase rigidity 10 percent, according to

But the highlight to the 500e is the electric The Bosch-supplied motor and 24-kWh battery pack is good for 111 hp and 147 of torque to provide an estimated EPA driving range of 87 miles on a charged battery pack. In driving with the regenerative Fiat expects typical to be more than 100 miles. the battery pack from takes just under hours on a 240-volt charger.

To things simple, Fiat offer a 240-volt home unit and installation services Mopar. If you attempt to charge a depleted 500e on a 120-volt Fiat says that take 24 hours.

How does it

The 500e drives rather frankly. Having instant from the jump is nice and the 500e off the line with aggression than a non-Abarth, 500. You hear the electric low whine during acceleration, but up to speed the 500e cruises comfortably at city speeds.

Even on the expressway, it feels and stable.

Going over to large-size bumps is felt in the but the suspension lightens impacts to prevent the car from feeling In corners, there’s noticeable but the four wheels feel planted. It feels like the pack’s extra weight set so low in the helps when driving the car some gusto.

Still, the pack does add 617 pounds to the compared to the base car. the extra heft and the low-rolling tires will cause the car to through corners when too much, but most people around in a 500e probably care.

One of our biggest gripes in any car a regenerative brake system is feel: Many hybrids and have brake pedals frankly don’t offer ability to modulate clamping So stopping smoothly is tough. Fiat worked hard on a pedal in the 500e that vary brake pressure. At the top of the stroke, you can brake lightly, but at the halfway point the brakes hard.

Much better.

Another feature is the creep function to it behave more like a car. Once you release the pedal, the car moves forward — just like a car.

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The cabin is well from road and wind and we were comfortable during our two-and-half-hour drive around LA. like in any 500 model, the backseat the most spacious for passengers and best be used for short

Do I want it?

If zero tailpipe interests you and you don’t much more than one passenger or a lot of then the 500e could be Fiat did a lot to limit the trade-offs with an electric car and did an admirable job so.

The cost of admission is reasonable if you into account federal state incentives and manufacturer that can bring the $32,500 price down to as low as $20,500, on where in California you live.

to lease? Fiat has you covered, A 36-month lease will you $199 per month with due at signing, the same lease on a 500 Pop.

Even though the 87-mile range isn’t too it probably doesn’t fit the bill for road trips. And the car’s cargo-carrying ability is no good for to, say, a lumber yard. In like that, 500e can use their Fiat 500e providing up to 12 days of alternate from any Enterprise, Alamo or car rental location for the first years from the purchase

We applaud Fiat: It is trying to EV ownership as practical as possible. away the cost factors and programs and you’re still with a well-done, fairly car — something you can’t say about all EVs.

2013 Fiat 500e

On Summer (in California only)

Price: $32,500

Drivetrain: permanent-magnet three-phase motor


111 hp, 147 lb-ft

Fiat 500e Electric Cars
Fiat 500e Electric Cars
Fiat 500e Electric Cars
Fiat 500e Electric Cars
Fiat 500e Electric Cars

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