Fiat 500e

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Pure Electric

EV=84mi
Range

Seats 4

7ft3 Cargo

L=142
W=64
H=60

24kWh Battery

If you're shopping for a lively runabout, and you can deal with smaller spaces, Fiat's Cinquecento elettrico (500e) is the car for you. The 4-seat pure electric hatchback remains a small, fun-to-drive, economical electric car.

Aaron Cole, Managing Editor of thecarconnection.com says about the 2018 Fiat 500e: “The 500e is a fashionable way to drive an all-electric vehicle, but its comparatively short battery range and limited availability undermines its broader appeal." Sold only in California and Oregon, it weighs 500 lbs less than the Nissan Leaf but uses a motor that’s the same size, making it slightly more powerful, maneuverable and quicker (0 to 60 in around 8.2 seconds) than the Leaf. Drivers love its smooth, quiet acceleration, cheerful character and easy handling. The rear seats are remarkably cramped and cargo space is predictably small. The 500e is powered by a 111-horsepower electric motor with a single-speed transmission. Top speed is 88 mph.

Edmunds reviewers say: "The electric 500e was introduced in 2015 and instantly injected life into the stylish Italian coupe. It has enough range to compete with segment leaders and charges quickly, too. Add its small proportions, precise handling and EV pep, and you get a truly enjoyable car. The Fiat 500e is offered as one model only. There is one trim level option, the eSport, if you prefer a more customized look. It adds darkened exterior accents and special wheels and looks pretty cool. But we prefer to save the roughly $500 and put the cash in our pocket because the 500e is stylized enough for our tastes as it stands.

The 500e is an entertaining electric vehicle. It's actually quicker to 60 mph than a regular Fiat 500, and it keeps up with the 500 Turbo. Driving that enthusiastically will greatly reduce range, however, so it's best to keep a light foot. Copious electric-motor torque gives the 500e great off-the-line punch. Our 500e scooted to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, which is above average in the EV world and actually ties the Fiat 500 Turbo's time. The 500e stands apart from other electric vehicles with its great balance and an eagerness to turn. It's one of the most entertaining electric vehicles you can buy today. The 500e borrows its looks from the 500, which borrows its looks from the Italian post-war icon. It’s a modern interpretation of a classic, and a good one by our eyes. The 500e doesn’t stray far from the 500 but gets its own front and rear bumpers, door side sills, and badges. The interior is cute without being kitsch. The 500e draws motivation from an 83-kilowatt (111-horsepower) electric motor and 24-kwh battery. Its range is rated at 84 miles by the EPA, but at city speeds the 500e could improve on that number.

The 500e also may be the most fun 500 to drive, according to us. The batteries add more than 500 pounds to the overall weight, and the increased mass sits low in the car. That leaves the 500e feeling more planted, less top-heavy, and somewhat brighter. A single-speed transmission provides nearly effortless thrust, and it’s entertaining—albeit 84 miles at a time."

Edmunds: "Fiat has solved the problem of how to make a compact EV look good; with its chic, iconic Italian design, the 500e is considered one of the most stylish electrics. It’s 24-kWh lithium-ion battery pack offers an 84 mile range. Charge time is less than 4 hours with a Level 2 charger, 24 hours with a Level 1 (110V) charger. At the end of 2013, Ward’s Auto included the Fiat 500e among its 2014 list of 10 Best Engines Award, an award received by both the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt in 2010. Ward's Auto review team says: “The conventional 500’s two most endearing qualities, styling cuteness and fun-to-drive character, have been well preserved in this EV version. The 500e dashes from stoplights with such confidence that even hard-hearted internal-combustion devotees will find themselves recalibrating their perceptions after a test drive.”

Auto Trader reviewers say: "It's hard to find a vehicle that combines driving enjoyment, fuel efficiency and a fashionable look at a rock-bottom price, but that's exactly what the FIAT 500e promises. In fact, it promises even more than that, touting the style and driving experience of a standard FIAT 500, plus a fully electric motor and zero emissions."

The 500e's motor (83 kW and 200 Nm / 147 lb.-ft. of torque) is combined with 9.6:1 gear reduction single-speed gearbox. The car is eligible for a Federal Tax Credit of $7500, a California State Rebate of $2500 and HOV stickers.

Specs

Performance:

  • 0 – 60 in 8.2 secs
  • 83kw Electric Motor
  • Single Speed Transmission, Front-Wheel Drive
  • 9.59 Axle Ratio
  • 500CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front Anti-Roll Bar
  • Electric Power-Assist Steering
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
  • Lithium Ion Traction Battery w/6.6 kW Onboard Charger, 24 Hrs Charge Time @ 110/120V and 4 Hrs Charge Time @ 220/240V

Interior:

  • 6-Way Driver Seat – includes: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement; 4-Way Passenger Seat – including: Manual Recline, Fore/Aft Movement
  • Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry, 50-50 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward
  • Seatback Leatherette Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt Steering Column
  • 4 Person Seating Capacity
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter and Illuminated Entry
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Leatherette Bucket Seats
  • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Integrated Navigation System w/Voice Activation
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Down
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Digital Display
  • Driver And Passenger Heated-Cushion, Driver And Passenger Heated-Seatback
  • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Radio w/ Uconnect 5.0, Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and External Memory Control, 6 Alpine Speakers, 276w Regular Amplifier, Wireless Streaming
  • Integrated Roof Antenna
  • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front

Exterior:

  • Wheels: 15" x 5.5" Front & 15" x 6.5" Rear Aluminum
  • Tires: P185/55R15
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front and rear bumpers
  • Rocker Panel Extensions
  • Black Side Windows Trim, Chrome Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
  • Light Tinted Glass, Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Grille w/Chrome Bar
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off, Front Fog Lamps, LED Brakelights
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