2013 Fiat 500e Test Drive Popular Mechanics

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In compliance with emissions standards, Fiat has its 500 and if you’re a Californian, you can get one in your

April 25, 2013 12:19 PM Size: A. A. A

On-sale Date: 2013

Base Price: (eligible for $7500 Federal Tax and $2500 California Clean Rebate Project); 36-month terms of $199/month and $999 due at

Powertrains: AC electric motor, 117 hp, 147 24-kwh lithium-ion battery direct drive, FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (city/hwy): mpge

What’s New: has electrified the 500, ditching combustion in favor of a 117-hp motor powered by a 24-kwh battery pack. The 500e pretty much like any Fiat 500, but the addition of aero tweaks adds 5 extra miles of range. It slightly higher than the gas too, to accommodate the 600-pound underneath the floor.

That also improves the car’s nose-heavy 63/37 front-to-rear distribution, to a more balanced Inside, the 500e cops all the pieces from the Lounge such as automatic climate and premium seats, but without the which is to say, it’s equipped for a car in this category.

Tech Tidbit: The 500e has an EPA range of 87 miles, thanks to liquid cooling and heating in the battery. Ethylene glycol and inhibitors cycle through the 97 to ensure consistent temperature the battery during recharging and which helps maintain

Driving Character: The electrified exhibits all the personality traits come to expect of small cars. The standard benefits of a EV, including near-silent driving and shift-free acceleration, are all here. But than feeling like a effort at satisfying federal and government mandates, the 500e is a good ride.

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It has the most natural brake we’ve felt in any electric car to and a unique creep feature makes the gas pedal feel familiar, too.

Power is excellent, with the exception of torque steer. One negative: We the car to feel more balanced its gas-powered cousin because of the even weight distribution, but the resistance tires (the 185/55R15 size as the nonturbo 500) are so prone to understeer the handling difference is undetectable.

Favorite Detail: The Fiat Pass Program. Every sold will come a solution to your need for a trip: twelve free per year of Chrysler rental car use at Alamo, or National, for three You might think of this as a attempt to quell range but it’s a creative way to make the more practical for single-car who occasionally need to drive than the EV’s range allow.

Driver’s Grievance: we like that Fiat is an add-on TomTom navigation in lieu of a costly comprehensive we would love if the display mounted smack-dab in the driver’s of view. Also, the steering is too far away from many But these complaints are true of any and they are minor ones at

Bottom Line: If you’re to reduce your carbon and cheapen the ride to work get access to the commuter lane), the 500e is as good a way to go as any. Not does it retain the 500’s styling, but it also retains of the gas-powered car’s cute, nature in every other And as electric cars go, this really does drive with plenty of torque on a great brake pedal, and steering.

The included smartphone app and 500e rental car plan are added incentives.

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

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