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Fiat 500e Electric Cars

2014 Fiat 500e

Clever marketing about EV sex but production is limited

Styling

The urban chic styling of the Fiat 500e stands from the geeky gizmo of many small electric including the popular Nissan In fact, Fiat’s director of marketing, Matt Davis, a cheap shot at the LEAF in 2012 at the launch event for the 500e. Let’s be honest, is probably one of the worst forms of said Davis.

The Fiat proves that you do not have to up on good looks to deliver an car.

The only clues the electric 500 is visually different the attractive gas versions are a few design Brandon Faurote, head of and Fiat brand design for America, told PluginCars.com, “We want to shout electric.”

So, see what he calls a “dot aesthetic” in a grill that to the bottom of the front and rear and the liberal use of an orange signature Faurote calls the electric’s more masculine and sinister—but the car is too and cute to really be sinister. those plastic Croc on wheels.

The dashboard is simple, designed and highly functional. it takes a minute to get used to buttons on the center stack, and levers in the middle, rather positioned on the outside.)

Performance

The smaller platform cuts the weight by 600 pounds—but Fiat a motor that’s the same as the Nissan compact electric Actually, the 500e is a pinch powerful at 83 kilowatts (or 111 horsepower) than the LEAF’s 80 kilowatts horsepower).

“You get more kilowatts per It’s literally accelerating said Brett Giem, the chief engineer, told Based on our test drive, we the 500e noticeably quicker and maneuverable than the LEAF.

It was a tossing the small electric around the crowded city hills and highways of L.A.

The is calibrated for some tire on launch, and a smooth ramp up to 15 miles per hour. And then it loose with a surge of electric power. “The car 45 miles per hour,” said “It just lives there—based on dynamics, the ability to accelerate, and how it other cars on the road.”

is not an electric car,” said Davis, head of Fiat marketing, over and over That was his cute way of explaining Fiat 500 shoppers entering will get a pitch to switch to the EV. to Davis, marketing the 500e to the EV would be like using a to slice off a tiny fraction of a market.

The idea is to openly their own Fiat 500 internal customers, convincing them Fiat 500 fun when mashing and a hearing a signature exhaust (especially in the Abarth version) is more fun when it’s silent and free of emissions.

No eco

No dashboard monitors (except for the navigation device that standard)

No braking coaches or leaves for braking.

Same amount of as in the gas 500.

No L or B gears (because said the regen braking is maxed out, even not overly grabby.)

The small format does bounce a bit the road. Road noise is Highway driving is solid, but clearly a commuter car with reasonably comfortable seats, than a cushy long-distance

Visibility is generally good, rear and side mirrors are

Engineers did a great job guarding from any motor whine. whisper quiet, in part due to glass used in the windshield—one of innovations applied to the EV that likely be carried to future of the gas-powered 500.

Efficiency/Range

The low weight advantage—which gives it a drive—also helps with and driving range. Its liquid-cooled 24 battery pack batteries reliably deliver its E.P.A. 87 miles on a single charge, or close. Official city is 122 MPGe, and 108 MPGe on the highway.

the 500e provides a guess-timate of driving range, Fiat add either an arrow pointing up to that you are likely, based on how driving, to beat that an arrow pointing down to that you probably won’t get the remaining range in the battery.

In our of the Fiat 500e, we managed 43 of raucous mixed driving—speedy through Topanga Canyon, the Pacific Coast Highway, and the streets of Venice—using 48 percent of the The very simply dashboard designed to be as normal as the gas version of the 500, clearly indicated state of charge. That’s a helpful feature—and in our time the car—indicated that the estimated 87 of range is a good expectation for range.

Charging

A full charge via the 6.6-kW charger takes four hours. That has the standard for EVs—and the Fiat meets that bogey the shortcoming of those electric that only offer the 3.3-kW capability). You’ll a 240-volt home charging rated at 30 amps to take advantage of the 500e’s charging which adds about 20 to 25 of range in an hour of charging.

elected not to offer Quick capability on the 500e. We don’t see as a major setback. Yet, the 50 kW chargers that can bring an EV empty to about 80 percent in 20 to 30 minutes is a no-go for the all-electric

Fiat uses the filler-door in the back right to situate the port. That could some problems with cord management, but the car is small that most charging should not be a problem. There’s no in the port, but the inlet materials are orange, making them in low-light situations.

Passenger/Cargo

Obviously, the 500e is a very car. It offers two doors, a backseat, and a merely adequate space in the hatch. If you have a or expect to put anybody except children in the back for any length of you should pay special attention to leg (or lack thereof) in the back

Visit a dealership, climb in and stay there for several to experience it for yourself.

Fiat 500e Electric Cars

Unlike other EVs, most the Ford Focus Electric, the 500e stores batteries the cabin, rather than into already limited and cargo space. (Ford hybrids and the Accord PHEV take bites into space.) But Fiat said the fits “low and aft” the floor, starting at the front and extending a foot behind the axle, by raising the floor a and giving up a few inches of ground By virtue of the pack, the 500e is, to the company, 20 percent stiffer 10 percent quieter than the gas

Anyway you look at it, the Fiat has limited passenger and cargo The car is great for single, or even urban commuters taking daily trips. But road are another matter.

Safety

All of the 2014 Fiat 500, the 500e, get “Good” ratings the Insurance Institute for Highway in all categories, except the recently front overlap test. is IIHS’s highest score. the IIHS gave the 500 a “Poor” on the front overlap test, tries to replicate what when the front corner of a car with another vehicle, or an object like a tree, at 40 per hour.

The National Highway Safety Administration gave the Fiat 500 its top rating of five for side crash, and four for both the frontal crash and tests. The overall rating NHTSA was four stars. The has not yet tested the 500e.

Price

The Fiat 500e has a price of $31,800, not including a charge of $800. That brings the price to $32,600, but in only place where the 500 is sold, dealerships offer a incentive. The math starts crazy when you take $10,500 out in federal tax credits and a rebate that drops the below $20,000.

Options the $500 Electric Orange and the $500 eSport package can the price back up by $1,000 or

Perhaps more importantly, set a compelling lease price of a month, a $999 down The federal tax incentive is built the lease, but considering the $2,500 rebate that goes your pocket, the lease be as low as $170 a month.

Fiat owners, and lease holders, the opportunity to rent any vehicle at for one day a month at no cost. Drivers can 12 days worth of rentals a mitigating worries that EV owners won’t be able to road trips a few times a


Comparisons of Similar Cars

The 500e logically stacks up other small EVs, electric versions of the Smart and Chevrolet Spark EV.

While offers a similar attractive deal than the one offered by for the 500e, the LEAF is simply car—offering significantly more and cargo room. A shift the LEAF to the 500e would be on wanting an EV that could be easily tossed around streets, and one with more pizzaz.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV would be a for buyers seeking rock-bottom EV but it would come at the cost of range and weaker driving The Smart Electric Drive is not exactly exciting to drive, but is the electric with a convertible Perhaps the closest competition to the is the Chevy Spark EV, which the most exhilarating ride of the EV pack—but doesn’t provide the same chic looks as the

The BMW i3 is significantly more expensive, and the Fit EV is made in very low numbers and is available for lease.

Purchase

The Fiat 500e is only in California. Fiat’s dedicated website provides a wealth of to build and price a desired locate a suitable dealership. inventory is listed on the site.

is also a price quote

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