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Mar 7, 2014 Bergholdt, McClatchy-Tribune News

I thought it might be a good to provide feedback at 5,000 on my electric car experiment. In October I an all-electric Fiat 500e, as the of the lease was less than I was each month on gasoline to my conventional vehicle.

The Fiat’s range of 80-90 miles an occasional concern, but actually it done for about 90 percent of my needs. There have a few times I’ve arrived after work and there enough time to charge the car to head back out for an extended adventure. Or while I could make the 50-mile trip to San I couldn’t be assured I could convenient or available charging so I could make the trip

Availability of electric vehicle locations is still quite

I love this little It’s a blast to drive, very peppy acceleration and handling paid for with a firm ride. And it’s roomy inside. My wife and I are amazed at how many groceries or items you can cram into the with the useless back folded down. An illuminated ajar light is frequent of amusement, telling us we have filled it.

I’ve only forgotten to the car in once, requiring me to drive the SUV the following day. My 5,000 average is 136 mpg-e, almost 10 the efficiency of our oil-burner.

The blending of acceleration, deceleration energy and brakes is done magnificently it appears to be 100 percent regeneration you drop below 8 mph. firm braking at speed, amazing to see it packing up to 75,000 of juice back into the Everything about this car is except for one silly, one annoying and one awful feature.

The included TomTom navigation is a joke, plugging in atop the panel in the worst possible obstructing vision. It lives, in the glove box. The Bluetooth merging is delightfully convenient, but

About once every times, it misinterprets my crystal-clear, snide requests; drops the to the phone; or dials the wrong

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My really serious beef is a feature called Auto This well-intended fiasco is to prevent me from stepping out of the silent vehicle if the shifter is left in drive. This may be if you live on a salt flat, but for that park or stop on slopes, it’s a disaster. say you remove your seatbelt and open the driver’s door to your coat tail, or in my get out to open and close a rural gate, the car will violently into park if the car creeps or is still moving very as the door is opened. It will sometimes slam into as I release the brake pedal to forward, after re-entering the

And never, ever turn off the key still moving. In addition to the whiplash, there’s a very chance the transmission may someday end up on the in pieces.

Fiat considers normal operation, even I’ve told them times, Either Auto goes or the car does. Well, Park went away, I took matters into my own It was a challenge to outsmart the system any available wiring diagrams, but now in complete driving bliss.

I’m likely in the minority to an electric car without concern for the white HOV-lane sticker. only driven solo in the car pool lane, and it was pretty The almost-zero maintenance, exhilarating and acceleration, cost savings and environmental footprint are what my boat.

About The Writer

Bergholdt is an automotive technology at Evergreen Valley College in San Calif. Readers may send him at under-the-hood@earthlink.net; he cannot make replies.


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