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Banking on the growing popularity of the 500 engineers in Auburn Hills electric power with Italian performance.

BEVERLY CA Here in sunny Southern it’s difficult to ignore the dynamic of car drivers.

The Rolls-Royce and Audi R8s are still a mainstay, but so is the Prius. Spotting a Tesla S may be a rarity for automotive journalists from other states, but we count of the electric sedans along palm-lined streets.

and hybrid vehicles obviously their place in this heavy on green legislation, but need style with substance. Enter the Fiat which is Chrysler -Fiat’s to U.S. fuel-economy demands.

In the of full disclosure, it would be to say Chrysler in the U.S. was dragged and screaming into the EV market. CEO Marchionne has long said the development costs far outweigh the as car buyers overall remain to EVs. Infrastructure issues of California also have the electrified market in check.

From a sales perspective, predicts the auto maker break even with deliveries, but the manufacturer will try to lease deals.

The EV is California-only for and Fiat will offer a $199-per-month lease with down. The base price is at $32,500, but eligible customers can Fiat rebates, California and federal credits to receive up to in discounts.

Fiat has said U.S. markets will California in receiving the 500e, eventually in a nationwide rollout. The here puts it squarely the comparably sized Honda Fit EV.

the 500e has Italian roots, says its electric powertrain was completely stateside at the manufacturer’s Hills, MI, headquarters. It’s whether the technology will be on future vehicles.

Outside, the makes an immediate statement in Los Angeles, with five Electric orange, white, grey, silver and black. The four all pair with accents in keeping with professed theme to avoid “eco-friendly” colors such as sky or celery green.

There’s something a bit more about the electric 500 than the Pop or gasoline-powered versions. Designers the stance is slightly wider (to the battery), and the body sits

Another distinguishing design is the bumpers, which always are a shade from the primary color. The bumper has rounded that, from a distance, a young driver’s Lego-building

A rear spoiler also the bumper color improves and fuel efficiency, engineers

Inside, the interior borrows from non-electric 500 models it swaps in push-button gears for a shifter. The wide, plastic panel carries over, as as the no-frills sound system. The seat, oddly enough, higher than the driver’s and like the current 500, legroom is practically nonexistent.

But designers make up for interior with stylish vinyl all white with a single stripe through the middle and head restraints.

Fiat has with TomTom for a standard, navigation system that neatly atop the dash but up a lot of glovebox space when not The TomTom system also drivers to nearby charging

The 500e comes with an and Android-compatible app that can tell how much juice is left in the schedule a charge; help find a car in a large parking pre-condition climate controls; like the TomTom system, nearby charging stations. also is a 24-hour help for drivers, and the 500e, itself, has a 3G hotspot.

Heading out, we with 85 miles (137 km) of and the weight of the 97 lithium-ion battery is immediately noticeable.

The otherwise zippy 500 wobbles a bit balance is found, and extra is necessary if you stop on an incline and to continue uphill.

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Another With all gadgets off, noise is evident, amplified by the of typical engine sounds to up the din of wheels-to-pavement.

With the radio at a level and windows down to air-conditioning usage, we can’t but notice a rapid depletion in range. After about a of normal driving on residential the trip computer says we burned 30 miles (48 km) worth of despite driving less 20 miles (32 km).

Regenerative and a hill-descent mode help some of the power, but the fast illustrates the reality of range Somehow, a half-hour rest a second round of driving roads with similar changes keeps the range in the for another 20 minutes.

What the 500e does is performance. It’s not an Abarth, but of low-end torque and ample keep the EV on par with its gas-powered Electronic stability control can be off for EV thrill-seekers.

Despite the weighty the tiny 500e preserves the it’s known for when around tight curves or through Los Angeles traffic. feels a bit loose sometimes, and brakes can make for heart-stopping

Once a groove is found, easy to forget some of the restrictions of an EV.

The 500e has no problem up to 50 mph (80 km/h) but feels slightly on the freeway at higher speeds.

a standard battery-cooling system engages when the 500e is off. Other standard includes hill-start assist and an battery sensor that off less-critical functions as the charge lower levels. Fiat’s telematics system (instead of UConnect) also is standard.

Fiat is banking on the growing of the 500, re-launched in North in 2009, to woo potential electric But limited success for the 500e be preferable, considering the money loses on each sale.

if Chrysler must play the game, at least it’s its best player forward; the 500 can offer nimble city and eye-catching style for the discerning

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