The electric variant of the standard 500, the 2013 Fiat 500e is a compact car powered by a 83kW electric motor that produces 111 hp. A 1-speed automatic transmission enables the 500e to achieve a fuel economy rating of 108 MPGe. The battery can be fully charged in just four hours when plugged into a 240-volt outlet. Features include a contemporary instrument cluster, steering wheel mounted controls, USB input jack and automatic climate control. Safety is comprised of seven advanced airbags, brake assist (BA), electronic stability control (ESC), hill start assist (HSA), brake lock differential, traction control system (TCS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and anti-lock braking (ABS). The 500 is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warrantyRead more Read less
The 2-door Fiat 500e is an all-new model for 2013. The diminutive electric car is based on the popular 500, sharing its gasoline-powered sibling's exterior and interior styling, along with its fantastic driving dynamics. The 500e boasts an EPA-estimated range of 87 miles, and Fiat claims a full charge time of less than four hours from a 240-volt charger. A single, well-appointed trim is available, and the 500e has its own distinct look, with unique front and rear fascias and rocker panel treatment, along with a slight rear wing and signature 15-inch alloy wheels. The 500e uses an 83-kilowatt electric motor producing 111 horsepower and 147 ft-lb of torque, with power coming from a 24-kilowatt-hour, 97-cell lithium-ion battery pack. A single-speed transmission puts power to the wheels, and Fiat claims the combination will propel the car from 0 to 60 mph in around 9 seconds. The 2013 Fiat 500e currently only available in California and is priced at $31,800.
Cute, fun styling; quick, agile handling; zero emissions; nicely appointed; impressive technology
With electric cars gaining more ground in an already-crowded automotive marketplace, Fiat's 500e is a fresh new alternative. Based on a proven, well-received platform with excellent driving dynamics and a huge fun factor, the 500e's 87-mile range between charges also trumps its electric competition from makes like Honda, Ford, and Nissan.