Fiat 500e


The 2013 Fiat 500e is a welcome addition to the range of small, energy-efficient EVs that have good performance - in this case a 0-60 time of 9 seconds, about 22% better than the Smart ED.  But the best performance of the iconic Italian classic might be in its price – only $21,800 after incentives which is about the same as its gas powered counterpart. The lease deal is equally attractive: $999 down, $169 per month. The $2,500 California clean air rebate is available on the 36 month lease, making this a free car for the first several months, and likely thereafter considering fuel cost savings. As if that wasn't enough, Fiat tosses in 12 days of free car rental for those occasions when you need to travel further than the 500e's 87 mile range without making four hour pit stops.

At 116 MPGe, it is one of the most efficient battery electric vehicles available.  The Bosch-supplied power train has been tuned to give very light regen upon deceleration. The greater torque of the electric motor is evident on acceleration, with the 500e beating even the performance 500 Abarth model off the line. Better weight distribution and a lower center of gravity make the 500e the solid all-around performer its sporty looks promise.


Electric Range: 87

Total Range: 87

Combined MPGe: 116

Battery Capacity: 24 kWh


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