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Fiat’s Electric Car Solves

2013 Fiat 500e

week, I wrote about the C-Max Energi plug-in vehicle. A plug-in hybrid the issue of driving range for who may not be ready to plunge head-on ownership of a pure electric

Then just a few days I went to the media launch of new 500e, an EV version of the cute Fiat “Cincuecento” that’s on sale for nearly two years. A of interesting pieces of news that little battery-powered both of which solve of EV ownership.

First, the price was The MSRP of the new 500e is $32,500, is on the low side of the electric car price But rebates from federal and government, as well as one from itself, knock the price to closer to $20,000.

That actually wasn’t the news on price. Fiat that they will the car with a smoking hot lease Three years at $199 a with $999 due at start. price already factors in the Essentially, you can lease the electric for the same price as the base gasoline powered Fiat

Company officials didn’t this, but there’s a good they’re taking a bit of a loss on the car to get it out on the They’ve had the advantage of watching companies launch electric to less-than-expected demand, only to have to offer incentives and deals to move them. preemptive strike is likely to orders streaming in.

Another big EV issue is range, as are used to being able to their gasoline cars anytime. The 500e’s official range with a full is 87 miles, though the cars we got to showed more than 90 available after coming off the


Okay, but 87 miles still get you very far if you want to hit the road for the or take a driving vacation. has you covered there, too. who leases the 500e will get called ePass as part of the

And that gets you credits for days a year of car rentals Enterprise, Alamo or National.

to drive to Las Vegas? Use your credits for a gasoline powered even a conventional Fiat 500 if you The twelve days are only for cars, but you can also arrange the to get vehicles like an SUV or a pickup if the need arises.

The electric also comes fully-loaded amenities including a Garmin system. It’s pre-programmed to you locate public charging as you drive. And an app for your iPhone or lets you check the status of the car as it

Probably the best part the Fiat 500e is that it a lot like the regular Fiat, with a bit more off-the-line The beauty of an electric motor is it produces gobs of torque lbs-ft in this case) helps you scoot along nicely in traffic.

And the Fiat’s handling hasn’t been either. The battery adds 600 of weight to the car, but it’s beneath the rear seat and area which helps the of gravity. More good Cargo space inside the hatch is exactly the same as on the 500.

No, this still isn’t a car. The cabin is cozy, the rear seat being much only usable to small people. But headroom and for the driver and front passenger are

I’m 6’-6” tall and I fit just

The Fiat 500e will be available in California initially, and on sale this summer. If the of an electric car that addresses the appeals to you, you might to get one before Fiat changes its on that lease price.

I’ll see you down the road.

Kunz is the automotive reporter at Channel 7 and can be heard on “The Car Saturdays at 9 a.m. on KPFK, FM. E-mail Dave at TVCarz @ Twitter: @dave_kunz, Facebook:

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