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Review: Fiat 500e

The FIAT 500e is 100% battery powered and uses a 24 kilowatt-hour liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, providing an official EPA range of 84 miles (140 km). Since the 500e’s release in 2013, a number of minor upgrades have been made to the center console. For 2016, Fiat replaced the dash-mounted TomTom navigation system with Chrysler’s native UConnect navigation and infotainment system.

The FIAT 500e yields zero tailpipe emissions without compromising style. Ugliness is the worst pollution of all. With its Italian styling, instant torque, strong and smooth acceleration and aerodynamic bodywork, the FIAT 500e is environmentally sexy. The FIAT 500e is available in eight stylish exterior colors.

In the United States FIAT 500e is available in California and Oregon only.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Fiat
  • Model: 500e
  • First available: February 2013
  • Next Upgrade: May 2016
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 8.4s
  • Range: 87 miles 140 km
  • Price: $31,800

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • 24 kWh 364 V lithium-ion
  • Charge time

    • 24h at 110V
    • 4h at 220V

Innovation & Self-driving

  • Uconnect® 5.0 which Includes a 5-Inch Full-Color Touchscreen, an AM/FM Radio, a Media Hub with USB Port8 and Auxiliary Input Jack, Voice Command, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, Hands-Free Calling9 and Voice Text Reply10 (Not Compatible with iPhone®Mobile Devices)
  • GPS Navigation with Voice-Activated Commands
  • Range Indicators and Routing FIAT® Access Smartphone Application11 with Remote Telematics
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio15 with One Year of Service Included

1 User Review on “Fiat 500e”

  1. CarEnthusiast
    A Spunky New Entry from Italy
    Reviewed
    Fiat 500 E - I test driven this car

    During a recent trip to L.A., I got the chance to take the new Fiat 500E out for a spin as the guy I was visiting had just bought one. Now I have to admit, I was a little skeptical as most small cars from Fiat have a history of less than spectacular performance. But I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised at how much acceleration this cute little car truly has. The first time I hit the accelerator pedal a little harder than I would normally, the 500E literally peeled out from the stop sign.

    Instead of a gasoline engine covered in wires and hoses under the hood, there is a big shiny cylinder of an electric motor under the hood. This electric motor churns out a respectable 111 horsepower, which is 10 more than the base gasoline version of this car. The electric motor offers 147 pounds-feet of torque that is more than enough to get the car moving, but if you are looking for a high-performance car, you might be disappointed as it takes a little over 9 seconds to go from zero to 60 miles per hour.

    The good news is that the gearless motor offers smooth linear acceleration and the only thing you are likely to hear, is a quiet whine coming from the 83-kW electric motor if you are actually listening for it. Unlike the gasoline version, there is no “Eco” mode, so battery efficiency and overall performance are based solely on your driving habits.

    According to the EPA, the Fiat 500E has a range of approximately 84 miles, which is good enough for your daily commute to work. This translates to 112 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). This number translates into how far an electric car can go based on an identical amount of energy contained in a single gallon of gasoline. While official estimates show a combined city/highway range of 84 miles, if you are only driving the 500E around the city, you are likely to average over 100 miles per charge.

    With the standard 6.6-volt charger, you should be able to fully recharge the 24 kWh 364-volt lithium-ion battery pack in around four hours if you are using a 240-volt charging station. Otherwise, it will take approximately 8 hours. All-in-all a good effort from Fiat and well worth the very reasonable price, the only thing I would like to see is more range as under 100 miles doesn’t seem to be very far, especially when you have to wait a minimum of four hours for recharging.

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