In Brief Fiat 500e

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In Brief: Fiat 500e

with Faint Praise

Thanks to instant-on torque results in nearly effortless 500e is far more entertaining the standard Fiat 500 or even 500

Boxy lower front quotes the famous Fiat race cars of the early

500e might benefit optional performance tires to the hard ECO tires—500e is in fact the widely available electric compact performance car, or a micro-EV muscle car

Regenerative is remarkably effective—it’s wise to drag the brake pedal on downhill stretch to boost the charge

On the Pacific Coast, educated, prosperous people to believe in a bold new future, and want EVs—give them they want


is dubious at best, horrendous at In hot weather you’ll stew in own juices—as currently configured, the is best suited to the soft, air of beach towns

Accelerating from a stop sign, steer tugs the steering but also adds to the excitement

addictive full-throttle acceleration draw down the battery and limit effective range—so drive it in the neighborhood, use the power and you’ll ALWAYS have a

There really isn’t 93 of range, but there’s a legitimate miles of range

Thanks to the 500e is porky, tipping the about 500 lbs. heavier a 500 Turbo, and the low-slung weight is when cornering

IMAGINE AN VEHICLE (EV) with the traits of the HO-scale slot of childhood. Remember pressing the plunger down with thumb, the slot car instantaneously with incredible acceleration all to the of a humming electric motor? is exactly the character of the Fiat an EV sport compact car. It the question why the Masters of the EV Universe, and Infiniti, have not yet offered a high-performance EV sport compact for the Coast market.

In marketing EVs, California as well be considered a separate

Built to meet California Air Board’s legally imposed of a Utopian zero-emissions future, was tossed together by a group of engineers who undoubtedly were a hell of a good time, exploiting the instant torque of an motor. The engineering team did not torque-manage power delivery an overactive traction control tramp the accelerator at a stoplight and the tires break loose, and chirping for a second or two until the tires gain traction. The wheel wiggles back and for a few seconds with torque

These are only endearing to those of us who believe cars be amusing, entertaining…fun. Even owners of petroleum-powered performance will find the 500e’s addictive when running the neighborhood.

Roll-on acceleration in is arguably the car’s most trait, as one can leave conventional cars in the dust. Process the light turns green? build speed across a intersection, staying even the CUVs and big sedans that over the 500e, then as you are across the intersection, squeeze hard on the throttle to stream Having avoided the 500e’s steer and tire squall, the car simply glide forward, other drivers. Stay on the up to 45 or 50 mph, and then check the to see how far the pack of cars has been behind.

When a lane opens in a of cars cruising down the acceleration from 30 mph up to 50 or 60 is simply often startling those rapidly passed and left At the next red light, other will stare at the car, not what to make of it.

Until and the extra 500 pounds of batteries the car handles and steers reasonably The 500e feels portly when hustled too aggressively corners. That s OK because the weight is placed relatively low and not create ugly handling it simply limits cornering 500e is analogous to a talented dancer who’s put on weight; not so agile and lithe as in the past, but elegant in motion within bounds. We’ve called the first-ever EV sport compact

You can also think of it as a micro-EV car: fantastic in a straight with competent, predictable, but cornering. When pushed, the will ably communicated it’s not happy on the dance and ask you to slow down a notch.

leads to an interesting product question. Though greater grip might lead to a transition once the cornering are discovered, Fiat-Chrysler should offering this car with summer performance tires. No, I’m not kidding.

Or at least a slightly tire. The hard tires be more of a handling strategy an economy strategy, just as the FR-S uses a variant on the tires originally developed for the a harder tire has lower limits, and clearly telegraphs to the that he’s pushing a bit too Considering 500e’s fat underbelly, it should wear sensible

Maybe the engineers went hard tires to ensure no owner ever seriously the car’s abilities.

There’s a price for addiction. In the case of the the 93+ miles of range promised on the pack when the battery is charged is a faerie tale, at 10-15 of those miles of electrical effervescence, bubbly that the battery really hold for long. We dropped 93 miles of freshly charged to about 78 in the course of a four-mile Hmmm. However, once read in the 70s, it stuck for a long time.

On a 14-mile journey over boulevards and streets, we gained two miles of spite of the fact every sign was treated as excuse for acceleration.

If you drive sensibly, the draws down at a rate say, your iPhone on a call with all other closed. But if you become addicted to acceleration, the batteries lose more like an iPad a movie on the Netflix app—you’ll it through the movie, but you won’t much charge left.

tires or not, 500e can the needle in any sort of parking or maneuvering, from narrow quirky two-lanes. On a visit to one of the curated men s shops in Pasadena, on a particularly strange confluence of narrow streets, we executed and J-turns up and down the block trying to find a parking not occupied by a nice lady’s GL or Audi Q7.

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How do you access all this slot-car while executing crazy maneuvers? Where one might to find a shift lever in the console, there’s a flat plate adorned with simple round buttons: Reverse, Neutral and Drive. the button that correlates to desired direction, and step on the It’s a recycled idea, like the push-button transmission of a Renault Dauphine or Plymouth and entirely simple. It sends a message that this car is all steering and pressing the go-pedal, and else.

You don’t have to all that hard, or have driving skill to access the


Europeans to think sweating in summer is cleaning out the pores. Michiganders don’t understand Californians, thinking we all drive around in the sun with convertible tops when in fact we keep the up to protect our skin and run the AC till The 500e’s only significant and one easily fixed? The air-conditioning is at dubious. During the Los Angeles wave that hit during our with the car, the AC proved useless.

Driven in mid-July Greater Pasadena, home of the Bowl, any of our midday trips in the could be a chapter in a 21 st century of Dante’s “Inferno.” Suffocating

Sure, sure, AC cuts EV range. But that s just not an solution if the Tiffany cufflinks and OJ Bruno Magli loafers are it s 97F.

This trait is all the because the nicely executed seating surfaces turn when the AC fails and the large windows must be rolled 97F weather. A shame, because the seats are handsome, and smooth does not damage fine

The answer? Fiat can add a far better AC compressor, with logic dramatically cuts down its on electrical charge when the is pleasant, but that delivers chilled air when placed in MAX AC Who cares when your errands will only six or seven miles? Fiat give owners the option to range for comfort.

With MAX AC, if the only has 45 miles of range, OK.

Another option? Live at the where summertime temperatures are 12-15 degrees cooler temps a few miles inland. from Sausalito and San Francisco to Malibu or Laguna will ever know the AC is horrendous they’ll rarely turn it on.

about the only complaint we can The car’s dynamic flaws—torque squalling tires under throttle, relatively low cornering exactly what make it so fun to drive. Any quick run to the store an adventure, an excuse to stay out for an or more, driving for the sheer of the acceleration and cool air.

the utterly soulless would tired of this little

Fiat has an app for the car—what car doesn’t an app?—but we found it fiddly and not effective. It did not always lock or turn on the AC remotely as requested. It work.


In Europe, Fiat-Chrysler the 500 with a two-cylinder engine TwinAir. We wonder if Fiat-Chrysler has engineering depth to develop an EV-Hybrid as a next-generation 500e. will need a lightweight steel body structure allows them to employ than one sort of powertrain, as accomplished with the gas-powered iQ and subsequent iQ EV.

If nothing else Fiat-Chrysler won’t like comment), the 500e proves one if it has any of the impish character of the Fiat BMW’s upcoming i3 EV will be a hit up and down the entire Pacific the first EV from a major that is completely clean a total rethink of transportation, a prestige badge and desirable and functionality. Fiat would be not to consider packaging a TwinAir for an hybrid, their cuddly answer to the supreme technology of the BMW i3.

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